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Dec 09, 2011 Emily O rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emily by: Dr. Ben Clarke
I've become very interested in critical theory recently, especially in the areas of Marxist Criticism and Cultural Studies. I've been reading some of the primary texts of these movements in an effort to understand where they are coming from and how they can be used in literary criticism and beyond. So far I have finished a number of short excerpts and essays as well as two books, including The Long Revolution by Raymond Williams. While all of this reading has been truly enlightening, The Long Re ...more
I'm never sure whether this is better understood as a sequel to Williams's 1958 Culture and Society, or a companion – but between them they amount to an exceptional contribution to literary and cultural theory, as will as to British cultural history, in that they are archetypes of cultural materialism. Whereas Culture and Society builds its analysis of understandings of British cultures and socio-cultural outlooks through examinations of specific writers and texts, The Long Revolution centres on ...more
Raymond Williams' discussion of culture has a crucial impact on the development of cultural studies as an independent discipline. In this book, Williams attempts to bridge the gaps between aesthetic (found in art and literature) and socio-economic inquiry. The basic idea of the the book (and the title) is that since the industrial revolution there has been a 'long' gradual growth and struggle for freedom against the dominant market-driven society. Hence, he examines such a gradual change, which ...more
Aug 14, 2018 Leo rated it liked it · review of another edition
The Long Revolution is a book of parts of variable value. Its first part is largely theoretical, but the theory is largely Williams's own, with little discussion of other theories of the concepts it addresses - the creative mind, culture, the individual and society. The conceptual vocabulary is quite impoverished and there is too much reliance on the concept of 'experience', which after a while becomes inadequate to his purposes. Overall the first part is a bit of a slog, with the exception of a ...more
Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for ...more