A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort by Carissa Honeywell

By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition makes a speciality of 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impression on British radical thought.

The e-book goals to foster a better knowing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its effect on political proposal and events. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their issues and issues. to take action, the booklet exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted by way of glossy British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits better serious, scholarly awareness. Its precise and thorough examine will make it a worthwhile source for a person drawn to modern anarchist inspiration, political conception, and political movements.

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E. Hulme, who was killed in the First World War, Read was exposed to a distinctive modernist case which emphasized the aesthetics of rational geometric form. The ideas of Hulme were at the heart of the English avant-garde of the early twentieth century and an important influence on Read’s contemporaries Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. Read was deeply influenced by Hulme’s praise for abstraction in art as the creation of harmony, and escape from chaos, in the depiction of something essential.

Both aspects of his thought rest on conceptions of renewal and the importance of utopian vision intimately tied to anarchist notions of freedom, individuality, community and spontaneous natural order. His persistent defence of modernism in the visual arts and his announcement in favour of an anarchist politics were parts of his search for sources of renewal in response to a civilization that he saw debasing itself by violence, war and homogeneity. His work mediated artistic and political conceptions of progress, presenting a uniquely political approach to aesthetic avant-gardism.

S. Eliot, initially through the connections he had made at the Leeds Arts Club. After the war Read threw himself into the fray of contemporary cultural debate in Britain on the side of the aesthetic avantgarde. The ideas he developed in relation to the meaning of art, and the human significance of the creation and perception of art, were marked by his developing anarchist philosophy. His art criticism over the first half of the twentieth century was aimed at interpreting aesthetic modernism as a medium for radical and idealistic renewal.

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