Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage

Ruth Livesey

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

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Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263983
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734731 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage

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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

Chapter.  14805 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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