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Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell Hardcover – 31 Dec 2005


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Maggie Humm is an Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London and was Co-Chair of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research 2008-2010. Her books include Border Traffic, The Dictionary of Feminist Theory (the first edition of which was named 'outstanding academic book of 1990' by Choice), the best-selling Modern Feminisms; Feminism and Film; Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema; Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, Rutgers University Press and the Tate, 2006; and The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 2010 (the focus of an Edinburgh International Book Festival talk 2010).
She was an editor of the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Women and has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at many universities including Massachusetts, San Diego State, Stanford, Rutgers, Queen's Belfast, and Karachi. She gave the Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture in 2002 and has given keynote and plenary papers in Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the US and elsewhere.


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"Maggie Humm opens up an unexplored aspect of Virginia Woolf with her fascinating study of snapshots."--Lyndall Gordon"author of Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life" (01/01/2099)

About the Author

Maggie Humm is a professor of cultural studies at the University of East London and the author of many award winning and translated books, including Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography, and Cinema.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Intimate and stylish 8 Aug. 2006
By Bloomsbury Gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. I could pore over the fashions, the interior decoration - it satisfied my desire to see all the details! At the same time, I got a sense of the passage of time in Virginia and Vanessa's lives. Read as a companion to any of Woolf's novels, I think the book would also convey a sense of the writing process.

It evokes the time and place beautifully, and the text is not intrusive: the images are allowed to take centre stage as works of art in their own right.

Fine choice, Sweetpea!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Get out the magnifying glass! 26 Feb. 2008
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a round up of the extensive group of people that contributed to what became known as Bloomsbury, you will be disappointed. There are some players that are generously represented and others, such as Sidney Saxon-Turner, Dora Carrington and Ralph Partridge, barely or not at all. As significant a drawback is the size of many reproductions. Whole album pages have been reproduced, which in and of itself is interesting, but is reduces the size of the photos such that frequently the people are so small as to be unrecognizable. Many of these photos have been reproduced in larger and more satisfactory formats in other biographies and memoirs. Also strange, even within the context, the quantity of photos of nude children reproduced here. Having just reread Quentin Bell's bio of his aunt Virginia I bought hoping to fill out the visual record. No such luck.
3 of 48 people found the following review helpful
I'm in between 16 April 2006
By William J. Pitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nutty yet poignant

Have we found the smoking gun here? I doubt it

Bloomsbury has a posse!
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