The Long Revolution

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Broadview Press, Mar 2, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 399 pages
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Raymond Williams, whose other works include Keywords, The Country and the City, Culture and Society, and Modern Tragedy, was one of the world’s foremost cultural critics. Almost uniquely, his work bridged the divides between aesthetic and socio-economic inquiry, between Marxist thought and mainstream liberal thought, and between the modern and post-modern world.

When The Long Revolution first appeared in 1961, much of the acclaim it received was based on its prescriptions for Britain in the ’60s, which form a relatively brief final section of the whole. The body of the book has since come to be recognized as one of the foundation documents in the cultural analysis of English-speaking culture. The “long revolution” of the title is a cultural revolution, which Williams sees as having unfolded alongside the democratic revolution and the industrial revolution.

With this book, Williams led the way in recognizing the importance of the growth of the popular press, the growth of standard English, and the growth the reading public in English-speaking culture and in Western culture as a whole. In addition, Williams’s discussion of how culture is to be defined and analyzed has been of considerable importance in the development of cultural studies as an independent discipline.

Originally published by Chatto & Windus, The Long Revolution is now available only in this Broadview Encore Edition.

 

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Contents

The Creative Mind
19
The Analysis of Culture
57
Individuals and Societies
89
Images of Society
120
Education and British Society
145
The Growth of the Reading Public
177
The Growth of the Popular Press
195
The Growth of Standard English
237
The Social History of English Writers
254
The Social History of Dramatic Forms
271
Realism and the Contemporary Novel
300
Britain in the 1960s
319
Notes to the Pelican Edition
385
Index
391
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Raymond L. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Riverside. His scholarly work has been recognized in Colombia with the Order of San Carlos. His books include The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel, The Modern Latin American Novel, and The Colombian Novel, 1844 1987.

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