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Paradise Dislocated

Morris, Politics, Art
Jeffrey Skoblow

BUY Cloth · 224 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813914398 · $59.50 · Aug 1993
BUY Paper · 224 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813929446 · $35.00 · May 2015

Paradise Dislocated offers a radical rereading of William Morris's neglected masterpiece, The Earthly Paradise. While most critics have seen this poem as the antithesis of the radical socialist politics that Morris embraced later in his career, or, at best, as an awkward prelude to that later development, Jeffrey Skoblow proposes that The Earthly Paradise is in fact central to Morris's political vision-indeed, it is the most radical manifestation of that vision. Paradise Dislocated explores the problematic relations between critical thought, art, utopian aspirations, and dystopian realities. It proposes a revaluation of Morris's poem and of his career as a whole, as well as a judgement upon the possibilities (and impossibilities) of imaginative and cultural criticism at Morris's moment-and at our own.

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