The Country and the City

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Oxford University Press, 1975 - Literary Criticism - 335 pages
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As a brilliant survey of English literature in terms of changing attitudes towards country and city, Williams' highly-acclaimed study reveals the shifting images and associations between these two traditional poles of life throughout the major developmental periods of English culture.
 

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A great mix of literary criticism - his readings of G. Eliot and Dickens are particularly impressive - history and political agitation. Williams starts with a discussion of the pastoral mode, which is ... Read full review

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As with a number of Raymond Williams. works The Country and The City has recently been republished.
A new Edition, with a new Forward is available from Spokesman Books at,
http://www.spokesmanbooks
.com/acatalog/Raymond_Williams.html
Full details of recently republished works of Raymond Williams books are available at,
http://www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk/pdf/RWF%20Williams%20books%20website.pdf
and an extended review of the works at.
http://www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk/pdf/Reading%20Raymond%20Williams%20in%202012.pdf
Additionally in 2013 Culture and Society has also been republished by Spokesman Books and further reviews of this and the other republished works will appear later this year.
A new edition of Border Country was published by Parthian in 2006 with a Forward by Dai Smith; http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/border-country
With the appearance again of these works, a new generation are now able to engage with a thinker and writer who crossed the divides of fiction and non-fiction, but whose work must be understood as of a single whole if the depth of his insight is to be fully appreciated. further work on understanding of the writer has been made possible with the opening of the Raymond Williams Papers, archived at Swansea University, details of which may be found at, http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/raymond-williams-collection-report
An on-line catalogue to the Papers is at, http://archives.swan.ac.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=WWE%2f2
Based on the book and with Raymond Williams, is the film The Country and The City by the renown Producer and Director Mike Dibb, details of which can be found at, http://www.mikedibb.co.uk/films_on_writers/index.html
Steve woodhams
 

Contents

Country and City
1
A Problem of Perspective
9
Pastoral and CounterPastoral
13
Golden Ages
35
Town and Country
46
Their Destiny their Choice
55
The Morality of Improvement
61
Natures Threads
68
Knowable Communities
165
The Shadowed Country
182
Wessex and the Border
197
Cities of Darkness and of Light
215
2o The Figure in the City
233
Surviving Countrymen
248
The Border Again
264
The City and the Future
272

Bred to Till the Earth
87
1o Enclosures Commons and Communities
96
Three around Farnham
108
Pleasing Prospects
120
The Green Language
127
Change in the City
142
People of the City
153
The New Metropolis
279
Cities and Countries
289
Appendix
307
References
308
Selected Bibliography
323
Index
331
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