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Leaves in the Garden: The Utopian Politics of the Kelmscott Press Edition of News from Nowhere

  • Author / Creator
    Christianson, Thomas Stephan
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NK36G5X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kent, Eddy (English and Film)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Sinnema, Peter (English and Film)
    • Krotz, Sarah (English and Film)
    • Kent, Eddy (English and Film)
    • Moukerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)