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William Morris' Position between Art and Politics - Head Work

by Author(s): Grzegorz Zinkiewicz


This volume re-evaluates the position of William Morris regarding contemporary perspectives on his artistic and political endeavours. Special emphasis is placed on the concepts and territories that lie in-between, both literally and metaphorically. This “in-between-ess” is the most remarkable quality of Morris, and secures him a unique position among his contemporaries, as well as inspiring new generations of scholars. Paradoxically, however, this aspect also contributes to a certain marginalization of Morris in studies devoted to “Eminent Victorians”.

Instead of speaking of ruptures, gaps or lacunas, the point of view adopted here explores the undefined terrenes situated between art and politics, viewing them as vantage points and departure planes which cement Morris’s universe. At the same time, the book also argues that this universe has always existed in its specific shape and form, while the “poetic upholster”, as Morris was ironically labelled, only discovered and explored different points on the map of a space that could have no limits and boundaries.

The book offers new insights and avenues to supplement existing scholarship on Morris, including spatiotemporal aspects of his work and the relationship between art and politics.

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Author Biography

Grzegorz Zinkiewicz is an Assistant Professor in the British and Commonwealth Studies Department at the University of Lodz, Poland. Although he specializes in literary studies, particularly literary theory, his interests include other fields such as utopia and dystopia, art history, philosophy, film theory, and regional politics. He has written papers on, among others, William Morris, Polish rock bands of the 1980s, and British socialism at the end of the 19th century with regard to the British Empire. Additionally, he co-wrote and directed two plays staged by amateur theatre companies in 2010 and 2016.

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