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Modernism under Review: Raymond Williams's The Politics of Modernism

Modernism under Review: Raymond Williams's The Politics of Modernism Peter Brooker Raymond Williams’s The Politics of Modernism was one of three posthumous publications, all of which appeared in 1989 the year after his death. The others were Resources of Hope and the first volume, followed by a second in 1990, of the projected trilogy People of the Black Mountains. Their range across literary and cultural theory and analysis, political commentary and polemic, autobiography and fiction, was a mark of Williams’s truly remarkable and distinctive achievement. They were all also in different ways both retrospective and prospective works. Resources of Hope collected essays from 1958–87, its title echoing the final section of Towards 2000 (1983), a work which, as it looked forward, itself revisited and revised the concept of the ‘long revolution’. People of the Black Mountains had been in Williams’s mind, and perhaps already begun, at the time of the Politics and Letters interviews in 1979. Williams responded to the very end, this is to say, to the challenges of a common and changing history across the interlocking domains of critical and cultural inquiry. In so doing, he followed a personal and, in some ways, generational narrative which worked through his relations to the Communist and Labour http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Modernism under Review: Raymond Williams's The Politics of Modernism

Modernist Cultures , Volume 6 (2): 201 – Oct 1, 2011

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2011
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2011.0013
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Abstract

Peter Brooker Raymond Williams’s The Politics of Modernism was one of three posthumous publications, all of which appeared in 1989 the year after his death. The others were Resources of Hope and the first volume, followed by a second in 1990, of the projected trilogy People of the Black Mountains. Their range across literary and cultural theory and analysis, political commentary and polemic, autobiography and fiction, was a mark of Williams’s truly remarkable and distinctive achievement. They were all also in different ways both retrospective and prospective works. Resources of Hope collected essays from 1958–87, its title echoing the final section of Towards 2000 (1983), a work which, as it looked forward, itself revisited and revised the concept of the ‘long revolution’. People of the Black Mountains had been in Williams’s mind, and perhaps already begun, at the time of the Politics and Letters interviews in 1979. Williams responded to the very end, this is to say, to the challenges of a common and changing history across the interlocking domains of critical and cultural inquiry. In so doing, he followed a personal and, in some ways, generational narrative which worked through his relations to the Communist and Labour

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2011

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