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By Paul Jackson

The literary journal The New Age brought
together a various set of intellectuals. opposed to the backdrop of the First
World conflict, they selected to put in writing approximately greater than modernist paintings and aesthetics. By
closely studying and contextualizing their contributions, Paul Jackson's study
engages with the political and philosophical responses of literary artists to
modernity. Jackson demonstrates the necessity to interpret modernism no longer only as an
aesthetic phenomenon,but inherently associated with politics and philosophy.

By putting the writing of a canonical modernist, Wyndham Lewis, opposed to a
figure often excluded from the modernist canon, H.G. Wells, Jackson examines
further a wartime modernism that embraced socialist and political beliefs. This
reinterpretation of modernism presents a historicised knowing of the
politicised hopes of artists selling progressive types of cultural renewal.
Considering modernist writers' courting among politics,philosophy and
aesthetics within the context of overall warfare Jackson encourages new
cultural-historical definitions of modernism. additionally this research provides
the first shut research of cultural contributions from a number one wartime
Little journal, tracing the novel modernist debates that built in its

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This chapter, and the one that follows, will begin to piece together these highly politicized discursive fields of modernism, as developed by leading guild socialists, in the pages of The New Age. Chapter 4 will then widen an exploration of the cultures of modernism with The New Age and will examine some of the journal’s wider modernist discourses found during the war period, to map the diversity of thought expressed in its pages at this time. So, to begin this survey of modernist cultures found in The New Age, it is only logical to start with the publication’s central, animating figure, A.

Revolution at home Orage’s guild socialism during the war argued that the impetus for the redemption of British society needed to emerge, primarily, from a revolutionary labour movement. He wanted organized labour to become far more involved in the management of the economy through seizing on the new opportunities created by war. For example, Orage regularly called not merely for the nationalization of key industries, especially shipping, but ultimately wanted organized labour to take over the economic organization of the country through the establishment of the proposed series of national guilds.

It supported Victor Grayson in the troubles of 1908, and had preached, at all events from that date, a doctrine which made economic rather than political action the key to social change. indd 24 6/7/2001 2:01:40 PM A. R. Orage and Modernist Publicism 25 as Guild Socialism. It began as a plea by medievalist craftsman, Arthur J. Penty, for a restoration of the guild system in industry. But after 1911, in the hands of S. G. Hobson and Orage it became a plea for the capture of control in industry by National Guilds essentially different from those of the middle ages .

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