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William Morris and Radical Print

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Elizabeth Miller will explore the literary culture of Britain's radical press from 1880 to 1910, a time that saw a flourishing of radical political activity as well as the emergence of a mass print industry. While Enlightenment radicals and their heirs had seen free print as an agent of revolutionary transformation, socialist, anarchist and other radicals of this later period, including Morris, suspected that a mass public could not exist outside the capitalist system. In response, they purposely reduced the scale of print by appealing to a small, counter-cultural audience. "Slow print," like "slow food" today, actively resisted industrial production and the commercialization of new domains of life.

Please note this is a free talk, following the Society's Annual General Meeting at 14.15.

Elizabeth Miller is Professor of English at the University of California and currently teaches at Clare College, Cambridge.

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