Literature, Journalism, and the Vocabularies of Liberalism: by J. Macleod

By J. Macleod

This e-book examines the effect of the hot liberalism on English literary discourse from the fin-de-siècle to global struggle One. It maps out an intensive community of reporters, males of letters and political theorists, exhibiting how their shared political and literary vocabularies supply new readings of liberalism's relation to an rising modernist tradition.

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I believe my brother & Belloc & the rest are right about the future of England: & so there is nothing for me but to back them up. 55 Comings and goings of this kind, while more pronounced at some moments than at others, remind us that these advanced liberal networks exhibited a degree of fluidity throughout the 1890s and Edwardian years that qualifies the claims I am making about their structure and continuity. Nevertheless, the overlapping of contributors and outlets and the shared friendships and activities generated degrees of continuity and structural solidity.

Further, we need to consider carefully what constitutes an advanced liberal journalist at a time when many intellectuals found part-time or casual work writing for the press. Hobhouse and Hobson, for example, are probably not thought of as journalists today, yet the former worked for the Manchester Guardian, the latter wrote for the weekly Nation, and both published most of their significant essays as pieces in either weekly or monthly periodicals. If we look to Liberal weeklies such as the Speakerr and the Nation (and related socialist or Fabian weeklies such as the New Age and the New Statesman), we encounter a centripetal force in English intellectual life.

14 The difficulty they faced, of course, was motivation. How could one continually ramp oneself up to the constant demands of altruistic behaviour? Collini suggests that ‘the representative Victorian intellectual … did not have a constant impulse to serve: he (or, here, she) had a constant anxiety about apathy and infirmity of the will ... [I]t was because altruistic aims were supposed to motivate that Victorian intellectuals found work an antidote to doubt’, and this view certainly rings true.

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