Raymond Williams is widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and influential thinkers of the post-war era. He wrote extensively across a wide range of subjects: from drama and the novel to politics, popular culture and mass communications. He was also a major novelist, well-known for books such as Border Country and Second Generation.
This volume of new and original essays, edited and introduced by Terry Eagleton, provides a critical appreciation of Raymond Williams' writings by those best acquainted with his work. Among the contributions are essays on Williams's work as a literary critic, as a student of popular culture, as a novelist and as an analyst of contemporary politics and society.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Raymond Williams and the 'Two Faces of Modernism': Tony Pinkney. 2. Relating to Wales: Dai Smith. 3. Politics and Letters: Stuart Hall. 4. Towards 2000, or News From You Know Where: Francis Mulhern. 5. Raymond Williams and the Italian Left: Fernando Ferrara. 6. Hommage to Orwell: The Dream of a Common Culture, and other Minefield: Lisa Jardine and Julia Swindells. 7. In Whose Voice? The Drama of Raymond Williams: Bernard Sharratt. 8. Jane Austen and Empire: Edward W. Said. 9. Base and Superstructure in Raymond Williams: Terry Eagleton. 10. The Politics of Hope: An Interview: Raymond Williams and Terry Eagleton. 11. A Raymond Williams Bibliography: Alan O'Connor. Note on Contributors. Index.