The Paradoxes of Mr Morris

Anna Vaninskaya

in William Morris and the Idea of Community

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641499
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651672 | DOI:
The Paradoxes of Mr Morris

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This chapter studies the puzzling habits of William Morris. It shows that Morris willingly participated in market processes, and was also one of the most vocal supporters of the romance-as-community idea. It takes a look at the elements in his prose, his choice of plots, and his production of literary work, which were usual of the commercially successful New Romance. It reveals Morris' view of romance as the literature of the people, as well as his focus on the community and his distribution of his books based on the rules of the capitalist marketplace.

Keywords: William Morris; market processes; romance-as-community; prose elements; plots; production; New Romance; community; capitalist marketplace; book distribution

Chapter.  17364 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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