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Author:Raymond Williams
Publisher:Penguin Books
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Number of Pages:185
Category:Non fiction, History, Cultural studies

Communications by Raymond Williams

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Marxism and Literature

This book extends the theme of Raymond Williams s earlier work in literary and cultural analysis He analyzes previous contributions to a Marxist theory of literature from Marx himself to Lukacs Althusser and Goldmann and develops his own approach by outlining a theory of cultural materialism which integrates Marxist theories of language with Marxist theories of literature br Williams moves from a review of the growth of the concepts of literature and idealogy to a redefinition of determinism and hegemony His incisive discussion of the social material process of cultural activity culminates in a re examination of the problems of alignment and commitment and of the creative practice in individual authors and wider social groups br

The Country and the City

As a brilliant survey of English literature in terms of changing attitudes towards country and city Williams highly acclaimed study reveals the shifting images and associations between these two traditional poles of life throughout the major developmental periods of English culture br

Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Now revised to include new words and updated essays Keywords focuses on the sociology of language demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society

Culture and Society 1780-1950

Acknowledged as perhaps i the i masterpiece of materialist criticism in the English language this omnibus ranges over British literary history from George Eliot to George Orwell to inquire about the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination

Culture and Materialism

A comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the outstanding intellectuals of the twentieth century br br Raymond Williams is a towering presence in cultural studies most importantly as the founder of the approach that has come to be known as cultural materialism Yet Williams s method was always open ended and fluid and this volume collects together his most significant work from over a twenty year period in which he wrestled with the concepts of materialism and culture and their interrelationship Aside from his more directly theoretical texts however case studies of theatrical naturalism the Bloomsbury group advertising science fiction and the Welsh novel are also included as illustrations of the method at work Finally Williams s identity as an active socialist rather than simply br an academic is captured by two unambiguously political pieces on the past present and future of Marxism

Border Country

When railway signalman Harry Price suddenly suffers a stroke his son Matthew a lecturer in London makes a return to the border village of Glynmawr As Matthew and Harry struggle with their memories of personal and social change a beautiful and moving portrait of the love between a father and son emerges

Television: Technology and Cultural Form

b Television Technology and Cultural Form b was first published in long before the dawn of multi channel TV or the reality and celebrity shows that now pack the schedules Yet Williams analysis of television s history its institutions programmes and practices and its future prospects remains remarkably prescient p Williams stresses the importance of technology in shaping the cultural form of television while always resisting the determinism of McLuhan s dictum that the medium is the message If the medium really is the message Williams asks what is left for us to do or say Williams argues that on the contrary we as viewers have the power to disturb disrupt and to distract the otherwise cold logic of history and technology not just because television is part of the fabric of our daily lives but because new technologies continue to offer opportunities momentarily outside the sway of transnational corporations or the grasp of media moguls for new forms of self and political expression p

The Long Revolution

Originally published by Chatto amp Windus em The Long Revolution em is now available only in this Broadview Encore Edition

Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists

Considered to be the founding father of British cultural theory Williams was concerned throughout his life to apply a materialist and socialist analysis to all forms of culture defined generously and inclusively as structures of feeling In this major work Williams applies himself to the problem of modernism Rejecting stereotypes and simplifications he is especially preoccupied with the ambivalent relationship between revolutionary socialist politics and the artistic avant garde Judiciously assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the modernist project Williams shifts the framework of discussion from merely formal analysis of artistic techniques to one which grounds these cultural expressions in particular social formations Animating the whole book is the question which Williams poses and brings us significantly closer to answering namely what does it mean to develop a cultural analysis that goes beyond the modern and yet avoids the trap of postmodernism s new conformism

Modern Tragedy

em Modern Tragedy em is a study of the ideas and ideologies which have influenced the production and analysis of tragedy

The Long Revolution, Culture and Materialism, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, Television: Technology and Cultural Form, Modern Tragedy, Culture and Society 1780-1950, Border Country, Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists, The Country and the City, Marxism and Literature