After Raymond Williams

Cultural Materialism and the Break-up of Britain

Author(s): Hywel Dix

Language: English

Genre(s): History

Series: Writing Wales in English

  • September 2013 · 224pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708326640
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165759
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783165766
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708326657

About The Book

After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain has two broad aims. The first is to re-examine the concept of cultural materialism, the term used by Raymond Williams to describe his theory of how writing and other cultural forms relate to general social and historical processes. Using this theory, the second objective is to explore the material ways in which contemporary British writing participates in one particular political process - that of the break-up of Britain. The general trajectory of the book is a matter of superseding Williams: the early chapters are devoted to extrapolating Williams's materialist theory of cultural forms, while later chapters are concerned with applying this theoretical material to a series of readings of books and films produced in the years since his death in 1988. This volume provides a detailed account of some of the writing produced in Scotland and Wales in the years surrounding political devolution, and also considers the ways in which different subcultural communities use fiction to renegotiate their relationships with the British whole.


'This innovative and timely study sheds light not only on the work of Raymond Williams but also on the ongoing cultural processes of devolution in Britain.' - Professor Jane Aaron, Department of Humanities, University of Glamorgan 'In this book, Hywel Dix presents a succession of fresh and surprising insights into both the work of Raymond Williams and into theories of post-devolutionary culture. Readable but critically astute and deeply informed, After Raymond Williams promises to reinvigorate the idea of cultural materialism.' - Professor Jeff Wallace, Department of Humanities and Languages, University of Glamorgan 'Thoroughly researched, politically engaged, lucidly written and often very cleverly argued, this book is an immediately essential addition to the extensive secondary literature on Williams.' - Andrew Milner, New Welsh Review 'Williams could not have a better advocate than Dix, whose careful reading of his work restores one of the most profound thinkers on literature and culture to our view.' - Gary Day, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author(s)

Hywel Dix

Hywel Dix has taught English in India and Japan, and from 2003 until 2006 he was Raymond Williams Research Fellow at the University of Glamorgan. He is now Lecturer in English Communication at Bournemouth University.

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