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Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914

Ruth Livesey


This book brings to life the growth of the socialist movement among men and women artists and writers in late nineteenth-century Britain. For these campaigners, socialism was inseparable from a desire for a new beauty of life; beauty that also, for many, required them to reject the sexual conventions of the Victorian era. From the early 1880s and well into the twentieth century, the efforts of these writers and activists existed in critical tension with other contemporary developments in literary culture. This book maps the ongoing dialogue between socialist writers like William Morris, decade ... More

Keywords: Britain, socialism, sexual conventions, literary culture, William Morris, Oscar Wilde, early modernism, Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, political aesthetic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263983
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Livesey, author
Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Deputy Director, Centre for Victorian Studies, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London