Utopianism and Socialism in Britain c.1880-1914
My research focuses on the relationship between utopia and socialism in Britain c.1880-1914, primarily in the work of intellectuals embedded in a wider Socialist and Romantic milieu. Writing in a period of Great Depression, 'Crisis of Faith' and 'Socialist Revival', this milieu was informed by the trans-Atlantic flow of people and ideas (e.g. Henry George), as diverse strands of romantic, utilitarian and Radical thought converged to create a new and distinctly Socialist critique of laissez-faire capitalism. My thesis re-examines key texts in the Utopian literature of the era, including Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and Equality, William Morris' News from Nowhere and Jack London’s The Iron Heel.