William Morris

The Art of Socialism

Author(s): Ruth Ellen Kinna

Language: English

Genre(s): Art and Music

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • December 2000 · 256pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708315835
  • ·Paperback - 9780708315828

About The Book

This work analyzes the impact that Morris's understanding of art had on his political thought, and argues that his socialism was driven by a deeply romantic impulse which underpinned his central contribution to socialist thought. In today's political climate, the assumptions that Morris made about the revolution and his ideas about the socialist economy and the role of women appear impractical and outdated. Nevertheless, this study suggests that there is a role for utopian thought in practical politics and that Morris's image of the good society remains relevant today.


'For the first time since E. P. Thompson wrote his magnificent defence of William Morris's socialism, at the height of the Cold War, there is a serious attempt to examine the role this giant of Victorian Britain truly played...His reputation stands the test of time in a number of ways...It is gratifying to read a book on Morris whose starting point is his revolutionary outlook...' Socialist Review

About the Author(s)

Ruth Ellen Kinna

Ruth Kinna is a professor of political theory at Loughborough University specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth century socialist thought and contemporary anarchist thought.

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