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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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Education and Empire in Victorian Bloomsbury

Education and Empire in Victorian Bloomsbury

(p.8) Education and Empire in Victorian Bloomsbury
Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Rosemary Ashton

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers a perspective on the intellectual “character” of the place so often associated in cultural shorthand with Virginia Woolf and her circle, who lived in Gordon Square and other Bloomsbury squares from 1904. Though Victorian Bloomsbury demonstrates that significant educational innovation occurred specifically in Bloomsbury through the founding of a number of progressive institutions in the area during the nineteenth century, it is not possible to talk about a characteristically “Bloomsburyish” view of empire in that period. It is, however, possible to discuss some aspects of the topic in relation to the two most important cultural institutions located in Bloomsbury, University College London and the British Museum. The chapter also identifies one group based in Bloomsbury, which took a consistently anti-Empire stand from the 1850s onwards, and two anti-empire literary works, which are set in Bloomsbury.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury, intellectual character, University College London, British Museum

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