To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss

michelle weinroth and paul leduc browne Throughout his public life, Morris strove tirelessly “to build a shadowy isle of bliss.” His was a daunting, at times intractable, project. For how shall one build an isle? An isle of bliss?

Author: Michelle Weinroth

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773596986

Category: Poetry

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To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss casts new light on the political radicalism and social thought of nineteenth-century artist, author, and revolutionary, William Morris. Standing on the cusp of a new wave of scholarship, this book presents an exciting convergence of views among internationally renowned scholars in the field of Victorian Studies. Balancing variety and unity, this collection reappraises Morris’s concept of social change and asks how we might think beyond the institutions and epistemologies of our time. Though the political significance of Morris’s creative work is often underestimated, the essays in this volume showcase its subtlety and sophistication. Each chapter discerns the power and novelty of Morris’s radicalism within his aesthetic creations and demonstrates how his most compelling political ideas bloomed wherever his dexterous hand had been at work - in wallpapers, floral borders, medievalist romances, and verse. Morris's theory and practice of aesthetic creation can be seen as the crucible of his entire philosophy of social change. In situating Morris's radicalism at the heart of his creative legacy, and in reanimating debates about nineteenth-century art and politics, To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss challenges and expands received notions of the radical, the aesthetic, and the political.
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Teaching William Morris

... the hope of making any vision plausible (making it realizable) depends upon gaining a sense of others' dreams. ... and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea.1 The beating of the ...

Author: Jason D. Martinek

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

ISBN: 9781683930747

Category: Literary Criticism

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A prolific artist, writer, designer, and political activist, William Morris remains remarkably powerful and relevant today. But how do you teach someone like Morris who made significant contributions to several different fields of study? And how, within the exigencies of the modern educational system, can teachers capture the interdisciplinary spirit of Morris, whose various contributions hang so curiously together? Teaching William Morris gathers together the work of nineteen Morris scholars from a variety of fields, offering a wide array of perspectives on the challenges and the rewards of teaching William Morris. Across this book’s five sections—“Pasts and Presents,” “Political Contexts,” “Literature,” “Art and Design,” and “Digital Humanities”—readers will learn the history of Morris’s place in the modern curriculum, the current state of the field for teaching Morris’s work today, and how this pedagogical effort is reaching well beyond the college classroom.
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Semi Detached

So with this Earthly Paradise it is, If ye will read aright, and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea.42 The wintry blast that shakes the outside of the king's hall (and, ...

Author: John Plotz

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400887880

Category: Literary Criticism

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When you are half lost in a work of art, what happens to the half left behind? Semi-Detached delves into this state of being: what it means to be within and without our social and physical milieu, at once interacting and drifting away, and how it affects our ideas about aesthetics. The allure of many modern aesthetic experiences, this book argues, is that artworks trigger and provide ways to make sense of this oscillating, in-between place. John Plotz focuses on Victorian and early modernist writers and artists who understood their work as tapping into, amplifying, or giving shape to a suspended duality of experience. The book begins with the decline of the romantic tale, the rise of realism, and John Stuart Mill’s ideas about social interaction and subjective perception. Plotz examines Pre-Raphaelite paintings that take semi-detached states of attention as their subject and novels that treat provincial subjects as simultaneously peripheral and central. He discusses how realist writers such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Henry James show how consciousness can be in more than one place at a time; how the work of William Morris demonstrates the shifting forms of semi-detachment in print and visual media; and how Willa Cather created a form of modernism that connected aesthetic dreaming and reality. Plotz concludes with a look at early cinema and the works of Buster Keaton, who found remarkable ways to portray semi-detachment on screen. In a time of cyberdependency and virtual worlds, when it seems that attention to everyday reality is stretching thin, Semi-Detached takes a historical and critical look at the halfway-thereness that audiences have long comprehended and embraced in their aesthetic encounters.
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To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss

Balancing variety and unity, this collection reappraises Morris's concept of social change and asks how we might think beyond the institutions and epistemologies of our time.

Author: Michelle Weinroth

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773544604

Category: Art

Page: 411

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To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss casts new light on the political radicalism and social thought of nineteenth-century artist, author, and revolutionary, William Morris. Standing on the cusp of a new wave of scholarship, this book presents an exciting convergence of views among internationally renowned scholars in the field of Victorian Studies. Balancing variety and unity, this collection reappraises Morris's concept of social change and asks how we might think beyond the institutions and epistemologies of our time. Though the political significance of Morris's creative work is often underestimated, the essays in this volume showcase its subtlety and sophistication. Each chapter discerns the power and novelty of Morris's radicalism within his aesthetic creations and demonstrates how his most compelling political ideas bloomed wherever his dexterous hand had been at work - in wallpapers, floral borders, medievalist romances, and verse. Morris's theory and practice of aesthetic creation can be seen as the crucible of his entire philosophy of social change. In situating Morris's radicalism at the heart of his creative legacy, and in reanimating debates about nineteenth-century art and politics, To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss challenges and expands received notions of the radical, the aesthetic, and the political.
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William Morris s Utopianism

Weinroth, Michelle, 'Morris's Road to Nowhere: New Pathways in Political Persuasion', in To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams, eds, Michelle Weinroth and Paul Leduc ...

Author: Owen Holland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319596020

Category: History

Page: 337

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This book offers a new interpretation of William Morris’s utopianism as a strategic extension of his political writing. Morris’s utopian writing, alongside his journalism and public lectures, constituted part of a sustained counter-hegemonic project that intervened both into the life-world of the fin de siècle socialist movement, as well as the dominant literary cultures of his day. Owen Holland demonstrates this by placing Morris in conversation with writers of first-wave feminism, nineteenth-century pastoralists, as well as the romance revivalists and imperialists of the 1880s. In doing so, he revises E.P. Thompson’s and Miguel Abensour’s argument that Morris’s utopian writing should be conceived as anti-political and heuristic, concerned with the pedagogic education of desire, rather than with the more mundane work of propaganda. He shows how Morris’s utopianism emerged against the grain of the now-here, embroiled in instrumental, propagandistic polemic, complicating Thompson’s and Abensour’s view of its anti-political character.
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The Last Romantics

A more frequent source of comfort is to create a world that is only a shadow of the real world, ... If ye will read aright and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss, Midmost the beating of the steely sea.

Author: Graham Hough

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000581232

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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First published in 1947, The Last Romantics elucidates on the major preoccupations of the leaders of thought in late Victorian times such as the arts and their relation to religion and the social order. The aim is to trace their thoughts and feelings and study the relevance of the thoughts to the author's time. This leads author to examine some aesthetic theories of Ruskin, Rosetti, Morris, Pater and finally Yeats, and includes discussions on art and French literature. This book will be of interest to students of Romantic literature.
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Irish Writing London Volume 1

In helping thus to build Yeats's 'isle of bliss' it is fitting Morris should have the last word: So with this Earthly Paradise it is If ye will read aright, and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating ...

Author: Tom Herron

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441168054

Category: Literary Criticism

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The first study to consider how Irish writers have regarded, reported and represented London in their fiction, drama and poetry.
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W B Yeats Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise

opium addiction threatens to make his Xanadu a paradis artificiel. ... In the 'Apology' to The Earthly Paradise (1868-1870), Morris asks the reader's pardon for striving 'to build a shadowy isle of bliss' with his poem.57 Yeats loved to ...

Author: Dr Sean Pryor

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409478454

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Emphasizing the interplay of aesthetic forms and religious modes, Sean Pryor's ambitious study takes up the endlessly reiterated longing for paradise that features throughout the works of W. B. Yeats and Ezra Pound. Yeats and Pound define poetry in terms of paradise and paradise in terms of poetry, Pryor suggests, and these complex interconnections fundamentally shape the development of their art. Even as he maps the shared influences and intellectual interests of Yeats and Pound, and highlights those moments when their poetic theories converge, Pryor's discussion of their poems' profound formal and conceptual differences uncovers the distinctive ways each writer imagines the divine, the good, the beautiful, or the satisfaction of desire. Throughout his study, Pryor argues that Yeats and Pound reconceive the quest for paradise as a quest for a new kind of poetry, a journey that Pryor traces by analysing unpublished manuscript drafts and newly published drafts that have received little attention. For Yeats and Pound, the journey towards a paradisal poetic becomes a never-ending quest, at once self-defeating and self-fulfilling - a formulation that has implications not only for the work of these two poets but for the study of modernist literature.
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The Romances of William Morris

1 ) Indeed , he could not even if he wished : I cannot ease the burden of your fears , Or make quick - coming death ... however much he would like to : Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea .

Author: Amanda Hodgson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521154928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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This 1987 book investigates the dismissal of William Morris's romances as self-indulgent fantasy, looking at the ways in which our sense of the 'escapism' of Morris's fairy-tale writing can be modified or expanded when seen in relation to the development of his imagination in other spheres, both political and creative.
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The History of Co operation

... and pardon me , Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea , Where tossed about all hearts of men must be ; Whose ravening monsters mighty men shall slay , Not the poor singer of an empty day .

Author: George Jacob Holyoake

Publisher: London, Unwin

ISBN: NYPL:33433075951446

Category: Cooperation

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