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The Raymond Williams Reader

The Raymond Williams Reader

John Higgins

ISBN: 978-0-631-21311-6 December 2000 Wiley-Blackwell 324 Pages


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This carefully-structured reader presents a survey of the whole body of Williams' existing work, providing existing readers with a new perspective on his writings, and new readers with the opportunity to explore his ideas in depth.


Part I: Culture Wars (1954-1961):.


1. Culture is Ordinary (1958).

2. Film and The Dramatic Tradition (1954).

3. The Masses (1958).

4. Individuals and Societies (1961):.

Part II: Countering The Canon (1962-71):.


5. Tragedy and Revolution (1966).

6. Literature and Rural Society (1967).

7. Thomas Hardy and The English Novel (1970).

8. Orwell (1971).

Part III: Theory and Representation (1972-80):.


9. Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory (1973).

10. Television and Representation (1974).

11. Language as Sociality (1977).

12. The Writer: Commitment and Alignment (1980).

Part IV: Cultural Materialism in Action (1978-1988):.


13. The Bloomsbury Fraction (1978).

14. Crisis in English Studies (1981).

15. Writing, Speech and The "Classical" (1984).

16. Language and The Avant-Garde (1986).

Works Cited.


  • Provides an unparalleled insight into the influence of one of the century's exemplary public intellectuals.
  • Includes a detailed historical and theoretical introduction.
  • Incorporates extracts from key works as well as less well-known texts and seminal essays.