Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

by Raymond Williams

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Overview

First published in 1976, Raymond Williams' highly acclaimed Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society is a collection of lively essays on words that are critical to understanding the modern world. In these essays, Williams, a renowned cultural critic, demonstrates how these key words take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of our past and current society. He chose words both essential and intangible—words like nature, underprivileged, industry, liberal, violence, to name a few—and, by tracing their etymology and evolution, grounds them in a wider political and cultural framework. The result is an illuminating account of the central vocabulary of ideological debate in English in the modern period.

This edition features a new original foreword by Colin MacCabe, Distinguished Professor of English and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, that reflects on the significance of Williams' life and work. Keywords remains as relevant today as it was over thirty years ago, offering a provocative study of our language and an insightful look at the society in which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199393213
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/07/2014
Edition description: New
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 672,740
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Raymond Williams (1921 - 1988) was a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge University.

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, and author of numerous books on literature and theory of language.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Colin MacCabe)
Introduction
Preface to the Second Addition
List of Abbreviations
Keywords
References and Select Bibliography
Reader's Notes

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