Bodily Beauty, Socialist Evolution, and William Morris’s News from Nowhere

Title:
Bodily Beauty, Socialist Evolution, and William Morris’s News from Nowhere
Authors:
Kuskey, Jessica
Abstract:
William Morris's News from Nowhere describes a utopian future containing an improved and beautified British race, a detail in the text which is best explained by placing the novel within the context of the evolutionary scientific theory produced within Moriss's late 19th-century socialist circle. Examination of scientific discussions in the socialist periodicals Commonweal and Justice shows evolution and "the survival of the fittest" to be importantly integrated into the group's socialist theories and reveals theory project of articulating a socialist evolutionary theory whose roots can be traced to Engels. These writers argued for a reinterpretation of Darwin's findings and proposed a new theory of evolution that cohered with socialist political doctrine. Like many other socialist writers in Morris's circles, his views on evolution seek to denaturalize capitalist competition and class struggle and replace these with socialsit cooperation as the next natural stage of human evolution. While evolution is a minor aspect of Morris's novel, examination of socialist evolutionary science offers key insight into late 19th-century British socialism.
Citation:
Kuskey, Jessica. Spring 2011. “Bodily Beauty, Socialist Evolution, and William Morris’s News from Nowhere.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 38(1): 147-82.
Publisher:
Nineteenth-Century Prose
DATE ISSUED:
2011
Department:
English
Type:
article
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dc.contributor.authorKuskey, Jessicaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:14:33Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:14:33Zen
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationKuskey, Jessica. Spring 2011. “Bodily Beauty, Socialist Evolution, and William Morris’s News from Nowhere.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 38(1): 147-82.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1052-0406en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309663en
dc.description.abstractWilliam Morris's News from Nowhere describes a utopian future containing an improved and beautified British race, a detail in the text which is best explained by placing the novel within the context of the evolutionary scientific theory produced within Moriss's late 19th-century socialist circle. Examination of scientific discussions in the socialist periodicals Commonweal and Justice shows evolution and "the survival of the fittest" to be importantly integrated into the group's socialist theories and reveals theory project of articulating a socialist evolutionary theory whose roots can be traced to Engels. These writers argued for a reinterpretation of Darwin's findings and proposed a new theory of evolution that cohered with socialist political doctrine. Like many other socialist writers in Morris's circles, his views on evolution seek to denaturalize capitalist competition and class struggle and replace these with socialsit cooperation as the next natural stage of human evolution. While evolution is a minor aspect of Morris's novel, examination of socialist evolutionary science offers key insight into late 19th-century British socialism.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherNineteenth-Century Proseen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?sort=RELEVANCE&docType=Critical+essay&tabID=T001&prodId=LitRC&searchId=R1&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm&contentSegment=&currentPosition=7&searchResultsType=MultiTab&inPS=true&userGroupName=ohlnk20&docId=GALE|A254969523&contentSet=GALE|A254969523en_US
dc.subject.departmentEnglishen_US
dc.titleBodily Beauty, Socialist Evolution, and William Morris’s News from Nowhereen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalNineteenth-Century Proseen_US
dc.subject.keywordWilliam Morrisen_US
dc.subject.keywordNews from Nowhereen_US
dc.subject.keywordVictorian literatureen_US
dc.subject.keywordUtopian literatureen_US
dc.subject.keywordBritish Socialismen_US
dc.subject.keywordEvolutionary theoryen_US
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