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

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263983

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.001.0001

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Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage

Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage

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(p.161) 6 Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage
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Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914
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Ruth Livesey

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.003.0007

This chapter analyses the dissemination of socialist aesthetics in the press up until 1914. During the 1890s, the rise of the ILP shifted the locus of such debates from London to northern manufacturing towns, as is evident from the contributions of Isabella Ford, Margaret McMillan, Robert Blatchford, and Alfred Orage to the Clarion, Labour Leaden and the Leeds Arts Club. The discussion focuses on the development of Orage's politics and aesthetics from his early work with Isabella Ford and Edward Carpenter in Leeds to the peak of his influence as editor of the New Age in 1914. Orage came to reject both the ‘sentimental’ aesthetics of the ILP and the compromises of the Parliamentary Labour Party in the early twentieth century; turning instead to the model of guild socialism.

Keywords:   guild socialism, socialist aesthetics, ILP, Alfred Orage, New Age, Parliamentary Labour Party

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