The Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists

Overview

This is an exploration of the ambivalent relationship between revolutionary politics and modernist or avant-garde art. Williams clarifies many of the issues that have dogged recent critical discussion: the term “modernism” itself; the distinction between modernism and avant garde; and the possibility of a cultural theory “beyond the modern” which avoids the pitfalls of postmodernism.
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Overview

This is an exploration of the ambivalent relationship between revolutionary politics and modernist or avant-garde art. Williams clarifies many of the issues that have dogged recent critical discussion: the term “modernism” itself; the distinction between modernism and avant garde; and the possibility of a cultural theory “beyond the modern” which avoids the pitfalls of postmodernism.
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Editorial Reviews

Village Voice
“Williams is the Western thinker who, along with Antonio Gramsci, has done most to enlarge our understanding of the political complexities of culture.”
Terry Eagleton
“A toughly analytic mind is fueled by the rich emotional resources of a creative writer.”
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“A toughly analytic mind is fueled by the rich emotional resources of a creative writer.”—Terry Eagleton

“Williams is the Western thinker who, along with Antonio Gramsci, has done most to enlarge our understanding of the political complexities of culture.”—Village Voice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859841617
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 10/17/1996
  • Series: Classics Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Williams (1921–1988) was for many years Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. Among his many books are Culture and Society, Culture and Materialism, Politics and Letters, Problems in Materialism and Culture, and several novels.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Editorial Note
Frontispiece: Facsimile of the draft plan for The Politics of Modernism
Editor's Introduction: Modernism and Cultural Theory 1
1 When Was Modernism? 31
2 Metropolitan Perceptions and the Emergence of Modernism 37
3 The Politics of the Avant-Garde 49
4 Language and the Avant-Garde 65
5 Theatre as a Political Forum 81
6 Afterword to Modern Tragedy 95
7 Cinema and Socialism 107
8 Culture and Technology 119
9 Politics and Policies: The Case of the Arts Council 141
10 The Future of Cultural Studies 151
11 The Uses of Cultural Theory 163
Appendix: Media, Margins and Modernity 177
Select Bibliography 199
Index 201
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