Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

William Morris’s Utopianism

Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration

Authors: Holland, Owen

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  • Advances a new interpretation of William Morris’s utopianism through an analysis of his political writings
  • Examines the relationship between Morris’s utopianism and first-wave feminism, pastoralism, romance revivalism and imperialism 
  • Revises the Miguel Abensour and E.P. Thompson’s argument that Morris’s utopian writing should be perceived as anti-political
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This book offers a new interpretation of William Morris’s utopianism as a strategic extension of his political writing. Morris’s utopian writing, alongside his journalism and public lectures, constituted part of a sustained counter-hegemonic project that intervened both into the life-world of the fin de siècle socialist movement, as well as the dominant literary cultures of his day. Owen Holland demonstrates this by placing Morris in conversation with writers of first-wave feminism, nineteenth-century pastoralists, as well as the romance revivalists and imperialists of the 1880s. In doing so, he revises E.P. Thompson’s and Miguel Abensour’s argument that Morris’s utopian writing should be conceived as anti-political and heuristic, concerned with the pedagogic education of desire, rather than with the more mundane work of propaganda. He shows how Morris’s utopianism emerged against the grain of the now-here, embroiled in instrumental, propagandistic polemic, complicating Thompson’s and Abensour’s view of its anti-political character.

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Owen Holland is Career Development Fellow in Victorian and Modern Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, UK. He is also editor of The Journal of William Morris Studies.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
William Morris’s Utopianism
Book Subtitle
Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59602-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59602-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59601-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86661-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 337
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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