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By James Wilkes (auth.)

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In Bell’s case, this happens as we are brought up close to an atmospheric limit, and forced to acknowledge an envelope which begins right at the water’s edge. 115 Bell mentioned this phrase in a letter to Fry dating from the summer of 1912, as she discussed the possible inclusion of the artists Nan Hudson and Ethel Sands in a project that would eventually become the Omega Workshops. ‘I do think we shall have to be careful’, she wrote, 38 A Fractured Landscape of Modernity especially in England where it seems to me one can never get away from all this fatal prettiness.

S. 102 Un-generative as the beach might be for Eliot, the bleakness of the sands and the fading echoes of the Thamesdaughter’s cry give way to the voice of St. Augustine and the dead Phoenician whose corpse, though ghastly, is a wave-lifted memento mori replete with meaning. Yet Studland, for Bell, does seem to be a particularly resistant beach, particularly as no turning away is possible, and a passage in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse provides one way to interpret this intransigent illegibility. The novel’s central section, ‘Time Passes’, forms a kind of narrative intermission that records the effects of unexpected deaths and of the First World War more broadly on the Ramsay family and their summer house by the sea.

There is frequent reference, both in official leaflets such as that issued by the Studland Beach Users Action Group, and on the SUN website, to sexual activity in the dunes. 126 As of 2012, these “problems” (which it would be more accurate to describe as unresolved conflicts over seaside morality), were still apparent: walking from Middle Beach to Shell Bay on a fresh March afternoon, my companion and I observed within the space of 300 yards a single nudist striding valiantly into the sea, a clothed family group running up the slopes, and half a dozen men, some naked and some clothed, standing on the crests of the dunes.

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