Culture and Materialism

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ISBN: 9781844670604 Author: Williams, Raymond Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 21st October 2005 Imprint: Verso Cover: Paperback Dewey: 306.01 (edition:22) Pages: 277 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Raymond Williams is a towering presence in cultural studies, most importantly as the founder of the apporach 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 peiod 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 an academic, is captured by two unambiguously political pieces on the past, present and future of Marxism.

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