Culture and Society, 1780-1950

Raymond Williams. . With a new introduction by the author

Columbia University Press

Culture and Society, 1780-1950

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Pub Date: August 1983

ISBN: 9780231057011

363 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00£30.00

Culture and Society, 1780-1950

Raymond Williams. . With a new introduction by the author

Columbia University Press

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.
The earliest ideas on culture, Mr. Williams claims, developed in opposition to the laissez-faire society of the political economists. As the ideas on culture took shape, on the one hand, they became identified with a 'whole way of life.' On the other hand... culture became a court of appeals where real values could be determined. Culture, thus separated from the whole society, was associated with the idea of perfection through the study of the arts... Mr. Williams contrasts the ideas of ' culture as art' and 'culture as a whole way of life,' and commends the latter... the book should definitely be read by all those interested in English intellectual history. M. S. Wilkins, Political Science Quarterly
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. Harold Rosenberg
Introduction
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

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.