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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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London Calling

London Calling

Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene

Chapter:
(p.107) London Calling
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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
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Elizabeth F. Evans

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0013

In July 1932, Una Marson arrived in London from Jamaica and became part of a small but significant population of Afro-Caribbean students and intellectuals living in the city long before the boom of West Indian immigration after the Second World War. A writer, poet, and political activist, Marson produced her own portrait of the 1930s London scene that seems at times a world apart from that of Woolf, though the writers shared several spatial and social networks. If Marson and Woolf seem, at best, to inhabit different planes within the same space, a closer look reveals that a version of the transnational society of outsiders that Woolf would fully articulate in Three Guineas was already being imagined within Bloomsbury's colonial community. This chapter focuses on the possibilities for social exchange and cosmopolitan belonging as imagined by Una Marson, particularly in her most sustained treatment of the imperial metropolis, her play London Calling, produced in 1937.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Una Marson, Afro-Caribbean, colonial community, social exchange, cosmopolitan belonging, London Calling

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