Culture and Society, 1780-1950 / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: A Nineteenth-Century Tradition
I. Contrasts i. Edmund Burke and William Cobbett ii. Robert Southey and Robert Owen
2. The Romantic Artist
3. Mill on Bentham and Coleridge
4. Thomas Carlyle
5. The Industrial Novels: Mary Barton and North and South, Mrs Gaskell; Hard Times, Dickens; Sybil, Disraeli; Alton Locke, Kingsley; Felix Holt, George Eliot
6. J. H. Newman and Matthew Arnold
7. Art and Society
Part II: Interregnum
i. W. H. Mallock ii. The ' New Aesthetics'
iii. George Gissing iv. Shaw and Fabianism v. Critics of the State vi. T. E. Hulme
Part III: Twentieth-Century Opinions
1. D. H. Lawrence
2. R. H. Tawney
3. T. S. Eliot
4. Two Literary Critics i. I. A. Richards ii. F. R. Leavis
5. Marxism and Culture
6. George Orwell
What People are Saying About This
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.