Cultural Materialism: Theory and Practice

Cultural Materialism: Theory and Practice

by Scott Wilson
     
 

In recent years the left has transformed traditional approaches to literature and culture. Critical movements such as Cultural Materialism and New Historicism have succeeded to the point where they now constitute the new academic order.
Scott Wilson explains and demonstrates the power of these modes of critical enquiry and explores their limitations. His book

Overview

In recent years the left has transformed traditional approaches to literature and culture. Critical movements such as Cultural Materialism and New Historicism have succeeded to the point where they now constitute the new academic order.
Scott Wilson explains and demonstrates the power of these modes of critical enquiry and explores their limitations. His book provides a forceful critical engagement with major figures in the field - Francis Barker, Catherine Belsey, Jonathan Dollimore, Terry Eagleton, Jonathan Goldberg, Stephen Greenblatt, Alan Sinfield. He also shows how cultural materialism is applied in practice

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Wilson focuses each of the three large parts of this book on one of three philosophical areas central to cultural materialism: value, history, and community. He provides excellent theoretical accounts of these areas. However, what makes this book more than an introduction is the author's decision to make each of these three abstract discussions a preface to textual analysis (chiefly of texts by Shakespeare, Middleton and Rowley, and Wilde). Through his textual analysis, he concretely demonstrates many of the strengths and weaknesses of cultural materialism and also suggests the power of his own brand of cultural materialism, which is deeply infused by Foucault, Benjamin, Lacan and Bataille. The book thereby becomes, elegantly, not only a brilliant account of cultural materialism but also a major contribution to its future." (I) Choice (D)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631185338
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/23/1995
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Wilson is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Lancaster University.

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