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Virginia Woolf, Europe, and PeaceVol. 2 Aesthetics and Theory$
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Peter Adkins and Derek Ryan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979374

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979374.001.0001

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“Messages of Peace”

“Messages of Peace”

Bloomsbury’s Peace Terms; or, Working for “ancient woolf’s peace-time university”

(p.11) Chapter One “Messages of Peace”
Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace

Jane Goldman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter uncouples the binary opposition between peace and war to consider a number of unbridled notions of peace through close attention to its deployment in a rich nexus of Woolf’s writings. Proposing a Woolfian peace more properly understood as otium (a classical Latin term commonly translated as peace) with a queer twist, this chapter argues that Woolf, in collaboration with the intersectional pacifism of the Bloomsbury Group, offers a way of thinking through what it might mean to live, work and write peacefully. Offering a number of close and attentive readings, including a genetic account of the 'messages of peace' passage that straddles sections 9 and 10 of 'Time Passes' in To the Lighthouse, and the traces of Catullus that can be found in The Waves, this chapter demonstrates the presence of a radical and louche, ancient and avant-garde otium at work in Woolf’s writing.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Otium, Catullus, Queer, Pacifism, Bloomsbury Group

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