Abstract

In News from Nowhere and his neglected prose romances (1891-1896), William Morris aims to refute a Victorian novelistic commonplace: that personal identity and cultural privilege are portable properties, and that empathic identification depends on individuals' carrying a durable sense of self with them, housed in such portable properties. Influenced by the Chartists and by a subterranean tradition of English radical writing, Morris produced these romances as a series of anti-novels, aiming for a deindividuating aesthetic of surfaces over depths, an aesthetic that erased not only apparent differences between words, but also between persons.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 931-956
Launched on MUSE
2007-12-17
Open Access
No
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