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Politics, Fellowship, and Romance: Clementina Black and the Culture of Socialism in 1880s London

Ruth Livesey

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

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263983
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.003.0003

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Politics, Fellowship, and Romance: Clementina Black and the Culture of Socialism in 1880s London

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This chapter examines the lives and writings of three sisters, each of whom responded to Morris's works with enthusiasm: Grace, Constance (Garnett), and Clementina Black. It explores the rhetoric of ‘fellowship’ that permeated the mixed-sex discussion groups and early socialist organizations frequented by the Blacks and all the writers whose works are subsequently studied in the book. The discussion examines the Black sisters' idiosyncratic political beliefs and their various attempts to advance the socialist cause through labour organization. The chapter also explores the extent to which the Blacks' work and writing for the socialist movement forced them to address the ‘Woman Question’ as a concern in its own right by the late 1880s. The chapter closes with an analysis of Clementina Black's historical romances published in the late 1890s.

Keywords: William Morris; discussion groups; Clementina Black; fellowship; labour organization; Grace Black; Constance Black

Chapter.  13335 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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