Tenses of Imagination

Tenses of Imagination

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Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, qthe British Sartre, q 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 qfounding fathersq of cultural studies, who established qcultural materialismq 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. qWith 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.q Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading qThe 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.q Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex UniversityThis volume brings together a complete collection of Williamsa#39;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 ...


Title:Tenses of Imagination
Author: Raymond Williams, Andrew Milner
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2010
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