A comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the outstanding intellectuals of the twentieth century.
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’ 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’ identity as an active socialist, rather than simply an academic, is captured by two unambiguously political pieces on the past, present and future of Marxism.
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Martin Thom studied social anthropology at Cambridge and Oxford as has lived in Paris, Milan and Rome. He works as a translator and writer in Halifax.Review:
“... a splendid instance of the fusion of erudition and intellectual excitement ... Martin Thom has explored with exceptional subtlety the supplanting of old myths of identity and liberty by new theories of community in the age of the French Revolution. The depth of his analysis is matched by its geocultural breadth.”—Roy Porter
“Martin Thom boldly sketches a new view of the connection between the trauma of the French Revolution and the stirrings of Romanticism. A major work of scholarship and intellectual synthesis.”—Gareth Stedman-Jones
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Book Description Verso Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1859849202