Culture and Society, 1780-1950 by Raymond WilliamsCulture and Society, 1780-1950 by Raymond Williams

Culture and Society, 1780-1950

byRaymond WilliamsIntroduction byRaymond Williams

Paperback | August 1, 1983

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Acknowledged as perhaps the 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.

One of the century's most distinguished public intellectuals, Raymond Williams (1921-1988) helped to create and form the conceptual space of contemporary literary & cultural studies.
Title:Culture and Society, 1780-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:363 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 1983Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231057016

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: A Nineteenth-Century Tradition I. Contrastsi. Edmund Burke and William Cobbettii. Robert Southey and Robert Owen2. The Romantic Artist3. Mill on Bentham and Coleridge4. Thomas Carlyle5. The Industrial Novels: Mary Barton and North and South, Mrs Gaskell; Hard Times, Dickens; Sybil, Disraeli; Alton Locke, Kingsley; Felix Holt, George Eliot6. J. H. Newman and Matthew Arnold7. Art and SocietyPart II: Interregnum i. W. H. Mallockii. The ' New Aesthetics'iii. George Gissingiv. Shaw and Fabianismv. Critics of the Statevi. T. E. HulmePart III: Twentieth-Century Opinions 1. D. H. Lawrence2. R. H. Tawney3. T. S. Eliot4. Two Literary Criticsi. I. A. Richardsii. F. R. Leavis5. Marxism and Culture6. George Orwell

From Our Editors

The organizing principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened, and to follow the idea through to our own day.

Editorial Reviews

CULTURE AND SOCIETY is worth a library of literary and political tracts in that it digs into the ideological layers that envelop modern politics. Written from an independent Left standpoint, this critical history of the concept of culture in England from 1780 to 1950 is exactly to the point of contemporary discussions of value.