British Communism and the Politics of Literature, 1928-1939

Author(s): BOUNDS, Philip
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365948
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This book examines the many important literary critics and theorists associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1930s.

It provides a systematic and critical account of the communist understanding of the politics of literature and assesses the ways in which Party theorists were influenced by the world communist movement. In particular, it shows that British communists were never content simply to restate Soviet ideas about literature, but always developed them in ways that were innovative and sometimes unorthodox.

• The only full-length study of communist literary intellectuals in the cultural and political climate of the 1930s.

• A book which fills an important gap in the history of English literature, British Cultural Studies, literary criticism and literary theory, Marxist historiography and the CPGB.

It has been quite a long time since a book has given me such unalloyed pleasure as this one. … a superb piece of research. It is also excellent that the theoretical implications of writers such as Christopher Caudwell, Alick West and Ralph Fox are fully explored, as opposed to merely having a label plonked on them (although the literature on the so-called ‘English Marxism’ of the 1930s is steadily growing). Lawrence Parker, CPGB

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This book examines the many important literary critics and theorists associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1930s. It provides a systematic and critical account of the communist understanding of the politics of literature and assesses the ways in which Party theorists were influenced by the world communist movement. In particular, it shows that British communists were never content simply to restate Soviet ideas about literature, but always developed them in ways that were innovative and sometimes unorthodox. • The only full-length study of communist literary intellectuals in the cultural and political climate of the 1930s. • A book which fills an important gap in the history of English literature, British Cultural Studies, literary criticism and literary theory, Marxist historiography and the CPGB. It has been quite a long time since a book has given me such unalloyed pleasure as this one. … a superb piece of research. It is also excellent that the theoretical implications of writers such as Christopher Caudwell, Alick West and Ralph Fox are fully explored, as opposed to merely having a label plonked on them (although the literature on the so-called ‘English Marxism’ of the 1930s is steadily growing). Lawrence Parker, CPGB ‘'There is a large gap on my book-shelves. It is also a gap in the history of literary criticism, the missing story of Britain's first Marxist critics. It looks like British Communism and Literary Theory 1928-1939 is at last going to fill this gap. It is a real triumph : wide-ranging, lively, original and engaged, showing the practical application of literary criticism to politics, rescuing some long-lost reputations from the enormous condescension of posterity and reminding us that there was once a time when the Left believed that literature could help change the world.' Dr. Andy Croft “This is an excellent study of a fascinating phenomenon: the largely forgotten literary critics associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1930s. Bounds skilfully evokes the political and cultural context in which these theorists wrote, and brings out the distinctive contribution of each of them. Solid research, sharp analysis and good writing make this book a pleasure to read.” Professor Vincent Geoghegan of Queen's University, Belfast

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365948
ISBN10 0850365945
Author BOUNDS, Philip
Binding Paperback
Date Published 2 Feb 2012
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 320
Publisher Merlin Press

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