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Title: Art, education, and revolution: Herbert Read and the reorientation of British anarchism
Authors: Adams, Matthew S.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: ADAMS, M.S., 2012. Art, education, and revolution: Herbert Read and the reorientation of British anarchism. History of European Ideas, 39 (5), pp. 709 - 728.
Abstract: It is popularly believed that British anarchism underwent a ‘renaissance’ in the 1960s, as conventional revolutionary tactics were replaced by an ethos of permanent protest. Often associated with Colin Ward and his journal Anarchy, this tactical shift is said to have occurred due to growing awareness of Gustav Landauer’s work. This article challenges these readings by focusing on Herbert Read’s book Education through Art, a work motivated by Read’s dissatisfaction with anarchism’s association with political violence. Arguing that aesthetic education could remodel social relationships in a non-hierarchical fashion, Read pioneered the reassessment of revolutionary tactics in the 1940s that is associated with the 1960s generation. His role in these debates has been ignored, but the broader political context of Read’s contribution to anarchist theory has also been neglected. The reading of Read’s work advanced here recovers his importance to these debates, and highlights the presence of an indigenous strand of radical thought that sought novel solutions for the problems of the age.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in History of European Ideas on 19 Nov 2012, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2012.736220
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1080/13825585.2012.736220
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22032
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2012.736220
ISSN: 1873-541X
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