ARTH 280

William Morris and His World

This course examines the profound influence of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement, the Kelmscott Press, how the Arts & Crafts movement was embraced in America and how the ideas of the movement have been translated to today's world. Students examine numerous examples of fine press books and publications from the Arts & Crafts movement including essays by Morris, books of the Kelmscott Press, major periodicals (such as The Philistine and The Craftsman) and images (paintings, decorative arts, textiles, architecture) as well as artifacts of the period and consider how they reflect the artistic and social issues of the time. Students also explore the question: Do the concepts and principles held by Morris and his followers still apply in the 21st century?