Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams

POLITICS AND LETTERS: INTERVIEWS WITH ‘NEW LEFT REVIEW’

OUT NOW, WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION:

Politics and Letters: Interviews with New Left Review

BY RAYMOND WILLIAMS

INTRODUCTION BY GEOFF DYER

The celebrated literary critic Raymond Williams, in his own words

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1832-politics-and-letters

————

Raymond Williams made a central contribution to the intellectual culture of the Left in the English-speaking world. He was also one of the key figures in the foundation of cultural studies in Britain, which turned critical skills honed on textual analysis to the examination of structures and forms of resistance apparent in everyday life. Politics and Letters is a volume of interviews with Williams, conducted by New Left Review, designed to bring into clear focus the major theoretical and political issues posed by his work. Introduced by writer Geoff Dyer, Politics and Letters ranges across Williams’s biographical development, the evolution of his cultural theory and literary criticism, his work on dramatic forms and his fiction, and an exploration of British and international politics.

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.——-

——-

“Effectively a new kind of book … an outstanding feat of composition … a remarkable human achievement.” – Guardian

“For anybody interested in the relationship between literature and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this book is essential reading.” – Financial Times

“An absolutely riveting piece of work.” – New Society

“This is, quite simply, one of the most magnificent books I have read.” – Philip Corrigan, Media, Culture and Society

“Raymond Williams has made a more persistent attempt to grasp the nature of this relation [between politics and letters] than any living British writer.” – London Review of Books

————

PAPERBACK: APRIL 2015 / 464 pages / ISBN: 9781784780159 / £14.99 / $26.95 / $32 (Canada)

POLITICS AND LETTERS is available at a 40% discount (paperback) on our website, with free shipping and bundled ebook. Purchasing details here: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1832-politics-and-letters

————

Visit Verso’s website for information on our upcoming events, new reviews and publications and special offers: http://www.versobooks.com

Sign up for the Verso mailing list: https://www.versobooks.com/users/sign_up

 

Follow us online:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VersoBks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/VersoBooks

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/politics-and-letters-interviews-with-new-left-review-by-raymond-williams-out-now

 

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

Bonuses for Some

CAPITAL, CULTURE, COMMUNISM

Call for Papers: 2012 Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society, 06/25-29/2012, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada
Special Topic: “Capital, Culture, Communism
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2012.

The Marxist Literary Group’s 2012 Institute on Culture and Society (2012 MGF-ICS) will convene this summer on theVancouver, BC campus of Simon Fraser Universityon June 25-29. This year’s special topic will be “Capital, Culture, Communism.” How do these three “Cs” relate to a range of issues in contemporary politics and aesthetics, including:

* The recent uprisings in the Arab world, the assault on the welfare state in Europe and North America, the Occupy movement, etc. and how they are to be understood in today’s global economy
* The resurgence of religion and other cultural/national affiliations within world politics
* The ongoing necessity to develop adequate analyses of the economy
* The return to the language of “communism” in contemporary social theory and aesthetics
* And the ways in which past and present conditions and struggles are represented and, in turn, shaped by various cultural practices and modes of communication?
* Is there a distinctively capitalist culture? Is there a distinctively communist culture? Can one imagine a communist culture emerging from a capitalist one? How central is culture to capital and communism? Capital to culture? Can we perceive now the outlines of a future communism?
* What will remain of capitalist culture in a communist one? Do recent political events–Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis—anticipate a future communism?
* Current politics, struggles and theories are of course wedded to older histories and theoretical models. How do Marx and other theorists define and represent capital, culture and communism? What is the value of these terms, on their own and/or in relationship to one another? How has the organization and functioning of capital changed? Stayed the same? What are the best strategies for representing capital? Communism?

Papers on these topics, as well as others, are welcome.
As always, submissions on other topics related to Marxism, including, but not limited to, Marxist considerations of literature or literary considerations of Marxism will be considered. Please also note that the reading groups this year will focus on primary (i.e. Marx/Engels) texts.

The Institute on Culture and Society is run in consecutive sessions, and the discussion is most fruitful when participants stay for the entire Institute. Housing is available on campus, and every effort is made to keep the cost of attendance low. Graduate student participation is subsidized by the Marxist Literary Group.

Proposals are welcome for:

Traditional panels
Individual presentations
Roundtables
Film Screenings
Performances
Reading Groups (on primary Marxist texts)

All proposals except panel proposals should be a maximum of 250 words in length, and should include title, author, and author’s affiliation. Panel proposals should include for each proposed paper a 250-word abstract, including title and affiliation, as well as a title and 100-word rationale for the session itself. Please send submissions (plain text or commonly used file format) by March 1, 2012 to: mlgics2012@hotmail.com

**END**

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Radical Thinkers

RADICAL THINKERS SET 5 & RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS

OUT NOW

————————————–
RADICAL THINKERS SET 5

Verso presents Set 5 of the highly popular Radical Thinkers series,
continuing its commitment to bring classic works of philosophy to a new
audience readership through affordable, attractively designed new editions.
—————————————-
LAUNCH EVENT with TARIQ ALI and PETER OSBORNE

MEDITATIONS ON SPINOZA: THE APOSTLE OF REASON
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/film/22966.htm

Part of the ‘In Defense of Philosophy’ series at Tate Modern

Friday 25th February 2011, 18.30
Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG

Christopher Spencer’s SPINOZA: THE APOSTLE OF REASON (1994) is the second film to be shown in the In Defense of Philosophy series. Written by Tariq Ali, the film presents the life and thought of Baruch Spinoza against the turmoil of seventeenth-century Europe. A fascinating modern man, Spinoza challenged orthodoxy in both religion andpolitics, angering his traditional contemporaries. Spinoza’s remarkable intellectual legacy has influenced thinkers as varied as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gilles Deleuze, Albert Einstein and John Berger.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Tariq Ali and Peter Osborne.

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£10 (£8 concessions), booking recommended

For tickets book online here: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/film/22966.htm or call 020 7887 8888.
—————————————-
RADICAL THINKERS SET 5

OUT NOW

ALL BOOKS / PAPERBACK / ONLY ?8.99/$15.95
BUY THE FULL SET FOR THE DISCOUNT PRICE OF ?85
—————————————
Louis Althusser – MACHIAVELLI AND US, 978 1 84467 675 0
“Althusser, poised between modernism and postmodernism, meets Machiavelli, poised between the Middle Ages and modernity.”–Antonio Negri.
—————————————
Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein – RACE, NATION, CLASS: AMBIGUOUS
IDENTITIES, 978 1 84467 671 2
The modernity of racism and its relationship to contemporary capitalism.
—————————————
Jean Baudrillard – PASSWORDS, 978 1 84467 676 7
In the spirit of Deleuze’s Abécédaire, PASSWORDS offers twelve entry
points into Baudrillard’s thought.
—————————————
Jeremy Bentham – THE PANOPTICON WRITINGS, 978 1 84467 666 8
A definitive collection of Bentham’s work on the model prison, key to Foucault’s theory of power
—————————————
Guy Debord – COMMENTS ON THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE,
978 1 84467 672 9
“Guy Debord is a time bomb, and a difficult one to defuse.” – Michael Löwy
—————————————
Hal Foster – DESIGN AND CRIME, 978 1 84467 670 5
“DESIGN AND CRIME is cool, measured, and steady, like a Gunsmoke shootout.”–Greil Marcus
—————————————
André Gorz – CRITIQUE OF ECONOMIC REASON, 978 1 84467 667 5
“Gorz’s greatest work, and a crucial book for our time” — LE MONDE

—————————————
Fredric Jameson – BRECHT AND METHOD, 978 1 84467 677 4

“Elegant dissection of Brecht’s method, from estrangements to allegory and beyond”– MODERN DRAMA
—————————————
Peter Osborne – THE POLITICS OF TIME: MODERNITY AND AVANT-GARDE, 978 1
84467 673 6
Elaborates a dialectics of modernity, eternity and tradition.
—————————————
Edward W. Soja – POSTMODERN GEOGRAPHIES: THE REASSERTION OF SPACE IN
CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY, 978 1 84467 669 9
“One of the most challenging and stimulating books ever written”—David Harvey
—————————————
Sebastiano Timpanaro – FREUDIAN SLIP: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND TEXTUAL
CRITICISM, 978 1 84467 674 3
“A firework display of erudition.”–Perry Anderson
—————————————
Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, and Judith Butler – CONTINGENCY, HEGEMONY,
UNIVERSALITY, 978 1 84467 668 2
The Hegelian legacy, Left strategy, and post-structuralism versus Lacanian psychoanalysis
—————————————
RADICAL THINKERS SET 5 (full set) 978 1 84467 678 1
—————————————–
Praise for RADICAL THINKERS:

“An extremely pleasant surprise: a new imprint from Verso called Radical Thinkers, and a pile of white-covered paperbacks by the likes of Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, Guy Debord and Walter Benjamin. Not only do they have nifty cover designs, they are ridiculously cheap.” Nick Lezard, GUARDIAN:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/15/jean-baudrillard-transparency-of-evil

“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming… formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” —  Owen Hatherley http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/radical-thought/

“A golden treasury of theory” — Eric Banks, BOOKFORUM

“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought. The 12 authors whose writings are included in the series have worked tirelessly to expose the mechanisms by which culture and knowledge are manufactured, managed and controlled” — Ziauddin Sardar, NEW STATESMAN http://www.newstatesman.com/200604170041
—————————————-
For more information & to buy the books visit: http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/5-radical-thinkers
—————————————-
RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS
—————————————-
To celebrate 40 years of radical publishing, Verso is reissuing four of the most popular and seminal titles from previous Radical Thinkers series in beautiful new hardback editions with black and red foil-embossed covers.
—————————————-
RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS:

HARDBACKS (EACH) ?14.99/$24.95
BUY THE FULL SET FOR THE DISCOUNT PRICE OF £45
—————————————-
Theodor Adorno – MINIMA MORALIA: REFLECTIONS FROM DAMAGED LIFE, 978 1 84467 661 3

“A classic of twentieth century thought…whose translation is by far the best yet done of any work of Critical Theory.” – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“A volume of Adorno is equivalent to a whole shelf of books on literature.” – Susan Sontag
—————————————–
Louis Althusser – FOR MARX, 978 1 84467 662 0

“Louis Althusser influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative voice of his thought” –– Jacques Derrida
———————————–
Raymond Williams – CULTURE AND MATERIALISM, 978 1 84467 663 7

“The left’s foremost cultural historian and critic” – COMMENT
————————————-
Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertold Brecht, Georg Lukács
– AESTHETICS AND POLITICS, 978 1 84467 664 4

“They are key texts in the study of modernism, of expressionist drama and of realism, and of many closely related general questions … It is genuinely an indispensable volume” — Raymond Williams
———————————–
Radical Thinkers Classic Editions (full set) 978 1 84467 665 1
————————————
For more information and to buy the books visit: http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/14-14-radical-thinkers-classic-editions
————————————
Become a fan of Verso on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Verso-Books-UK/122064538789
And get updates on Twitter too: http://twitter.com/VersoBooksUK

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE

PROGRAMME FOR SPRING TERM 2011

Friday 21 January
Is Another World Possible? The Politics of Utopia & the Surpassing of Capitalism in Recent Exhibition Practice
TJ Demos (University College London)

Friday 04 March
Reading Group – text yet to be decided

Friday 25 March
Spaghetti Communism? The Politics of the Italian Western
Ben Noys (University of Chichester)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Nina Power, Dominic Rhatz, Pete Smith & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Raymond Williams

TENSES OF IMAGINATION: RAYMOND WILLIAMS ON SCIENCE FICTION, UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA

http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=11826&vLang=E&vHR=1&vUR=2&vUUR=1

New from Peter Lang:

TENSES OF IMAGINATION: RAYMOND WILLIAMS ON SCIENCE FICTION,  UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA

Edited by Andrew Milner

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien,
2010. X, 243 pp.
Ralahine Utopian Studies. Vol. 7
Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Joachim Fischer, Tom Moylan and Michael
J. Griffin
ISBN 978-3-03911-826-7 pb.
sFr. 52.– / €* 35.60 / €** 36.60 / € 33.30 / £ 30.– / US-$ 51.95

Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, ‘the British Sartre’, as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of cultural studies, who established ‘cultural materialism’ as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams’s critical essays on science fiction and futurology, utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner.

Contents: Space Anthropology, Utopia, and Putropia. Left Culturalism: Science Fiction (1956) – William Morris (1958) – George Orwell (1958) – The Future Story as Social Formula Novel (1961) – Terror (1971) – Texts in their Contexts. Cultural Materialism: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1971) – The City and the Future (1973) – On Orwell: An Interview (1977) – On Morris: An Interview (1977) – Learning from Le Guin. (Anti-) Postmodernism: Utopia and Science Fiction (1978) – The Tenses of Imagination (1978) – Beyond Actually Existing Socialism (1980) – Resources for a Journey of Hope (1983) – Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984 (1984) – The Future Novels: From The Volunteers (1978) – From The Fight for Manod (1979).

‘With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner’s selection of texts offers a new, “alternative” Raymond Williams – the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word.’ – Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

‘The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams’s thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams’s work as a whole. The defining importance of “the sense of the future”, as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection.’ – Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University.

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski