Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton) will be presenting his paper, ‘Illuminating Propaganda: Radical Medievalism and Utopia in Victorian Britain’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 0.36.
We usually credit William Morris with the first significant vision of a radical, medievalized Utopia. However, almost half a century before News from Nowhere a Chartist wood engraver named William James Linton produced a remarkable illuminated poem which both textualized and visualized the radical tradition of ‘merrie England’. I will argue that Linton acts as a bridge between the Romantic radicalism of William Cobbett and the socialist revival of the arts and crafts movement.
About the speaker
Ian Haywood is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton and Vice-President of the British Association for Romantic Studies. His latest book, Romanticism and Caricature, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He co-edited a collection of essays on the Gordon riots (also for Cambridge) in 2012. Ian works on the links between radical politics. literature and popular visual culture in the 18th and 19th centuries and his next major project will be a study of the transition from Georgian to Victorian caricature.