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After Ruskin : the social and political legacies of a Victorian prophet, 1870-1920 /
Stuart Eagles.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
description
xii, 304 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0199602417, 9780199602414
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
isbn
0199602417
9780199602414
catalogue key
7407736
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [274]-288) and index.
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The strength of After Ruskin ... is in the local details. In spite of the fact that those details revolve so closely around one figure, and that what Eagles reveals is how very singular that figure was, his book should have a broader appeal. It offers insight into the varying impacts of both entrenched institutions (like universities) and fleeting forms of local cooperation (like suburban clubs, agricultural groups, and city museums) on the development of key liberalideas. This carefully researched study in Ruskin's circle of influence participates in a wider conversation about the spread of certain strains of late-century liberalism.
This extremely well-written and thoroughly researched book, gives Ruskin a deeper social context, and sheds further light on the nature and scope of his unquestionable influence.
... this fascinating book... a book which adds substantially to what is known about the reverberations of Ruskin's social and political ideas.
This is a likeable book that Ruskin experts as well as novices can profitably read ... What makes this book a worthy addition is the close attention it pays to the more intimate connection between Ruskin and smaller groups of ethical do-gooders in the next two generations whose local contributions to the British variety of progressivism usually get lost in the big picture.
Valuable... impeccably researched and elegantly written book
[After Ruskin] bring[s] home to the reader the extent of Ruskin's legacy and how its influence can still be felt today.
Eagles' exhaustive research ... sharply clarifies the networks of inter-connection that is the most concrete measure of Ruskin's significance for the late-Victorian generation.
Eagles has produced a meticulously researched history of Ruskin's audiences and the institutions through which they sought to put his ideas into practice. ... readers will find that this book presents an absorbing, persuasive, and well-substantiated case for Ruskin's significance for modern British culture.
Eagles manages to capture the protean nature of Ruskin and convincingly explains the pervasiveness of his influence in the period. After Ruskin is historically rigorous and wide-ranging, drawing on evidence from detailed archival research, notable for its clear structure and elegant style, making it useful for academics and undergraduates alike.
Eagles' Ruskin ... is a complicated figure. ... Eagles effectively traces Ruskins influence ... the depth and sure-footedness of the research is manifest. ... Eagless book so thoroughly traces the networks in which Ruskins influence operates ... Tracing Ruskins rich, often inconsistent ideas can be challenging even within a single essay, let alone throughout his entire life and afterlife.
It is a real pleasure to open a book that has been created and produced to the highest possible standard with care and attention to every detail. It is an even greater pleasure to read it. Both scholarly and readable, this is a book that is accessible to Ruskinians and to a wider public... There is much unpublished material here. Eagles has explored and dug into archives near and far, and travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles in pursuit of discovering Ruskin'slegacy...
Scholarly, serious-minded, and balanced study... The manifest quality and integrity of After Ruskin recommends it on its own terms, but it is also an especially timely contribution, one that prompts readers to consider parallels between the 1870s when the interest in Ruskin as a social critic was first revived and our own deregulated times.
Stuart Eagles's impressive study of the political and social influence of Ruskin ... is a very fine work of scholarship indeed and an important addition to our understanding of the British Ruskinian world ... Eagles has labored extensively in various archives to recreate [it] ... Eagles writes impeccably and with vivid turns of phrase ... The whole book, in fact so diligently researched and rich in detail seems to embody Ruskin's commitment to labor and meticulous care, a qualitythat its pages help us better to recognize as distinctively Ruskinian.
"Stuart Eagles's study offers an accessible and important introduction to the significance of Ruskin's 'call for social action' to various institutions between 1870 and 1920...After Ruskin...[is] a comprehensive, important and extremely well-researched account of Ruskin's lasting social and political legacies in the context of thefin de siecleand beyond...Eagles...reconstructs the progressive spirit of the age whilst managing to coalesce his points into a coherent, creative and valuable study." --English Literature in Transition
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Summaries
Main Description
John Ruskins intellectual and practical interventions helped to forge the broadly progressive spirit that characterized British public life between 1870 and 1920. After Ruskin is the first comprehensive study of the social and political influence of one of Victorian Britain's greatest critics. Drawing on extensive archival research, Stuart Eagles presents a wide-ranging survey of the institutions and organizations in which Ruskin was most keenly celebrated. He explores the histories of the Guild of St George and the Ruskin societies, the university settlements and the early Labour Party, and concludes by focusing on the life of John Howard Whitehouse (1873-1955), the true disciple who became a Ruskinian. This book is an original and engaging account of Ruskin's legacies which establishes his crucial significance to the history of the period. Book jacket.
Long Description
After Ruskin explores the intellectual influence of the pre-eminent Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). It explains how he inspired leading activists and thinkers to help reform Britain's social and political culture between 1870 and 1920. They promoted Ruskin's message in some of the key institutions and organizations responsible for forging the progressive spirit of the period: Ruskin's Guild of St. George, societies formed in his name, theuniversity settlements, and the Labour Party. Tracing their development, and assessing their significance, Stuart Eagles describes the nature and extent of Ruskin's legacy. A study based on extensive archival research, this is the first comprehensive survey of the social and political influence of a man revered bymany as a prophet.
Long Description
After Ruskin is an original and imaginative exploration of intellectual influence, focusing on the pre-eminent Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). It explains how he inspired leading activists and thinkers to help reform Britain's social and political culture in the period between 1870 and 1920. These individuals promoted Ruskin's message in key institutions and organisations: Ruskin's Guild of St. George, societies formed in his name, the universitysettlements, and the Labour Party. Tracing their development, and assessing their significance, Stuart Eagles describes the nature and weighs the extent of Ruskin's legacy. A meticulously researched study based on extensive archival research, this is the first comprehensive survey of the social and politicalinfluence of one of Victorian Britain's greatest critics.
Long Description
After Ruskin provides an original and imaginative exploration of intellectual influence, focusing on the pre-eminent Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). It explains how he inspired leading activists and thinkers to help reform Britain's social and political culture in the period between 1870 and 1920. These individuals promoted Ruskin's message in key institutions and organisations: Ruskin's Guild of St. George, societies formed in his name, theuniversity settlements, and the Labour Party. Tracing their development, and assessing their significance, Stuart Eagles describes the nature and weighs the extent of Ruskin's legacy. An original analysis based on extensive archival research, this is the first comprehensive survey of the social and politicalinfluence of one of Victorian Britain's greatest critics.
Main Description
After Ruskin is the first book to explore the social and political influence of the leading Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). It explains how he inspired a range of individuals to reform Britain's social and political culture in the period between 1870 and 1920. These individuals operated in a number of key institutions and organisations: Ruskin's Guild of St. George, societies formed in Ruskin's name, the university settlements, and in Parliament, particularly in the Labour Party. Stuart Eagles helps to explain how these institutions developed, who guided them, and their motivation, as much as it explains the nature and extent of Ruskin's legacies. An original analysis based on extensive archival research, this is the first comprehensive survey of the intellectual influence of one of Victorian Britain's greatest critics.
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'After Ruskin' is an exploration of intellectual influence, focusing on the pre-eminent Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). It explains how he inspired leading activists and thinkers to help reform Britain's social and political culture in the period between 1870 and 1920.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'a faithful signpost'p. 1
Modern Scholarship and the Case for Ruskin's Influencep. 4
No Mere 'Ruskinians': Ruskin and Discipleshipp. 16
Ruskin the Outsiderp. 21
Ruskin's Politics: 'NO WEALTH BUT LIFE'p. 27
Old-School Tory and Old-School Communistp. 28
Work: Gothic Politics and Aestheticized Economicsp. 34
Authority and Cooperationp. 37
The Art of Politics: The Law of the Housep. 41
Use and Usefulness: Redefining the Terms of Political Economyp. 44
Responsibility and Communityp. 47
The Call to Social Actionp. 50
'Practical power and faith': Ruskin and the Companions of the Guild of St Georgep. 52
The 'soul's work': Principles and Realityp. 52
The Origins of the Guildp. 56
Wealth Rooted in Landp. 59
Proving their Faith: Some Early Companionsp. 65
Rural Crafts and Industrial Innovationsp. 69
Guild Womenp. 78
A 'National Store' at Sheffield: The Guild Museump. 81
The Guild after Ruskinp. 87
'Among the best safeguards': Digging the Foundations of Reformp. 95
The Art of Doing: Ruskin as Slade Professorp. 96
The Hinksey Road-Digging Projectp. 103
Ruskin's Hinksey Disciplesp. 109
The Roots of University Settlementsp. 114
'Houses…for our souls to live in': The Establishment of Toynbee Hallp. 123
Manchesterp. 133
The Paradoxes of Influencep. 140
The Ruskin Diaspora: A History of the Ruskin Societyp. 148
'Guarding…against an ôismö'p. 150
Membershipp. 154
The Smaller Local Branchesp. 156
The Core Branches: Leading Membersp. 161
The Ruskin Unionp. 164
Speakers at Society Meetingsp. 168
'Law of life': Cooperationp. 182
'Practical aid': Ruskin Societies in Civic Lifep. 188
Decline and Significancep. 196
'Taken prisoner by his mortal enemies'?: Ruskin, Working-Class Consciousness, and Organized Labourp. 199
Ruskin and the Founding of the Labour Partyp. 201
'The peerage of words'p. 205
Working-Class Consciousnessp. 210
British Ethical Socialistsp. 215
Fabian Socialistsp. 221
Rooting Ruskin in Local Politicsp. 223
Ruskin's Political Appeal and its Declinep. 227
Ruskin's 'true disciple'?: John Howard Whitehouse (1873-1955) and Ruskin's Legacyp. 232
The Public Servant and Ruskin Disciplep. 234
The Parliamentarian and Ruskin Memorialistp. 241
The Ruskinian Educationistp. 248
The Ruskinianp. 254
Conclusion: 'An acceptable guide'p. 262
Abbreviationsp. 273
Select Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 289
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