Eleonora Sasso holds a PhD in English Studies from the “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). She has been Contract Professor of English Literature at the University of Basilicata and she is currently Research Associate at the University of Chieti-Pescara.2012 0-7734-3913-7
This text is the first to examine the influence of William Morris on the artistic, literary, and ideological styles of Tennyson, Swinburne, Gissing, and Yeats. The focus is on a selection of Morris’ writings and situates them in the fields of art, culture, and society. Through Roland Barthes’ approach to interpreting text, Sasso demonstrates that Tennyson, Swinburne, Gissing, and Yeats were all readers of Morris’ work which in turn stimulated their own writing and infused them with desire. Shows how Morris’ influence caused his contemporaries to emulate his style of writing and how that style ultimately framed the mind of Victorian England.