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The utopian dimensions of Morris’s romance News from Nowhere are evident to every reader. But what does it mean to call Morris’s designs utopian? In this informal illustrated talk, Michael Robertson will look closely at some of Morris’s designs for wallpaper, textiles, furniture, murals, and stained glass. He will place the designs in the context of utopian studies, explore the key elements underlying their utopianism, and consider their cultural work in the 19th century and today.

Michael Robertson, Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, is former president of the William Morris Society in the United States. He is the author of three award-winning books on 19th-century literature and culture, including The Last Utopians (Princeton UP, 2018). He is currently writing a biography of William Morris.

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Kelmscott House

26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, Greater London, W6 9TA

020 8741 3735

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PLEASE NOTE: The William Morris Society is temporarily closing due to flood damage. If you have tickets for upcoming visits we will be in touch soon. We are sorry for any disappointment and appreciate your understanding in these difficult circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE THAT KELMSCOTT HOUSE ITSELF IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Society is based in the Coach house and Basement.

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