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. (more…)