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Subject/Keyword
politics
Jameson, Fredric
dialectics
Kelmscott Press
Morris, William
utopia
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Christianson, Thomas Stephan
Supervisor and department
Kent, Eddy (English and Film)
Examining committee member and department
Kent, Eddy (English and Film)
Krotz, Sarah (English and Film)
Moukerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
Sinnema, Peter (English and Film)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization
English
Date accepted
2013-10-02T14:26:25Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In this study I examine William Morris’s novel News from Nowhere in relation to his utopian-socialist politics. This examination is an attempt to explore the function of art within Morris’s formulation of utopian socialism and the extent to which the elaborate edition of News from Nowhere printed by Morris at the Kelmscott Press represents an original and significant political embodiment of the text. The first chapter develops a theory of the dialectic and of dialectical criticism through a discussion of the philosophical thought of Frederick Engels, G. W. F. Hegel, Fredric Jameson, and William Morris. Throughout this thesis, the concept of the dialectic is deployed in the service of analyzing the relationships between aesthetics and politics, struggle and desire, and books and gardens as they are presented in the linguistic, bibliographic, and contextual codes of News from Nowhere, in both its serialized and Kelmscott Press editions.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3NK36G5X
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