The role of PLACE in literature and art

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The role of PLACE in literature and art

Edited: Oct 23, 2009, 6:05am

Simply the title of the Bloomsbury Group tells you much about them. They were very much formed by place, London, Cambridge, Sussex for example, but also further affield. Their work buzzed with place, Virginia's 'Mrs Dalloway' pulsates with London, a certain part of London.

And Vanessa's paintings of her homes and the areas that surround them for example.

Is place in art and culture, or for that matter in your personal life important to you?

Oct 22, 2009, 2:17pm

I hadn't read Mrs. Dalloway since undergrad days. At that point in time, I hadn't seen London so didn't understand fully (if at all...I can't remember) how much London did inform the novel. I reread it this past year with new eyes, having walked many of the streets described in it, with the faintly astonishing result of the novel suddenly bursting into colour for me. I felt like Dorothy stepping into full colour in Oz. It took on a whole other dimension, one which pulsed with the life of post-war London and made everything so much more immediate. Yes, I would have to say that place is very important to me.

This might be especially so as a Canadian, where many seem to feel that the landscape writes much of Can. Lit.; we merely provide the words to describe it and ourselves in relation to it.

Oct 22, 2009, 2:44pm

It's always Place with an upper case "P", for me. I'm not nearly as familiar with the Bloomsbury crowd as I'd like to be, but I find myself attracted to some writing simply because it is about or set in a particular place that I have come to know or would like to know.

Mar 7, 9:57pm

I look forward to reading books by "the Bloomsbury group."