Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain

Alan Sinfield (1941-) is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. The publication of Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain in 1989 firmly established him as one of our foremost writers on literature and a leading critic of postwar culture and society. Les mer
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Alan Sinfield (1941-) is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. The publication of Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain in 1989 firmly established him as one of our foremost writers on literature and a leading critic of postwar culture and society. Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain is a landmark work in contemporary literary and cultural analysis. It offers a provocative and brilliant account of political change since 1945 and how such change shaped the cultural output of our time. It also looks at how and when literature intersects with other cultural forms, and the growth of American cultural dominance. This edition includes a new foreword by the author, specially written for the Impact edition.

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Acknowledgementsix
Note on notesx
A new introduction -- Ideology and Commitment: A Personal Accountxi
Foreword to the Second Editionxx
The politics and cultures of discord (1997)xxi
Spotting cultures
`Fat, rich festival cunts'
Rectifying our anomaly
Materialism and subculture
Making it political




Introduction

1(5)




War stories

6(20)




Bringing us victory





Consensus and its enemies





The broken promise





Literature and cultural production

26(18)




Telling stories





Literature as a cultural apparatus





Contesting stories





Literature and intervention





Class/culture/welfare

44(24)




Culture, class and dissidence





`A Woolworth life': culture under threat





Literature and welfare-capitalism





Culture preserved





Discrimination





After welfare





Queers, treachery and the literary establishment

68(29)




The return of Ambrose, Silk





Civilization and the `effeminate'





The homosexual disturbance





Treachery and after





Sex and the Movement





Freedom and the Cold War

97(35)




Existentialism and politics





The Cold War





The myth of 1984





The Free World and free literature





The free market





Free -- for what?





Cultural plunder and the savage within

132(41)




Cultural plunder





Phobic and structural racism





Colonial crisis





Literature and the metropolis





A crisis of self esteem





The savage within





Nature and culture





Making a scene

173(34)




Putting on the style





Music and movement





Blacks, existentialists and Beats





Reasons for attendance





Lipstick on your collar





Commerce and authenticity





Reinventing Modernism

207(23)




Anglo-Saxon attitudes





Modernism in the global village





Alienation





Conductors





The politics of English studies





Journalism and literature





Women writing: Sylvia Plath

230(33)




What happened to feminism





The politics of madness





Women writing





The scriptor scripted





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Rabbit catcher





The case for extremism





Afterlife





The rise of Left-culturism

263(24)




Class and the establishment





Socialism with a British face





CND and a new-left intelligentsia





Left-culturism





The state and the Left





Intellectuals and workers

287(28)




What about the workers? new-left subculture





The working class revisited





Cultural work





The ways we live now

315(38)




The failure of welfare-capitalism





The failure of `good' culture





Postmodernism and standards





New-right cultural production





Dismantling `the culture'





Freedom once more

List of books and articles cited353(26)
Indexes379

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Alan Sinfield (1941-) is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. The publication of Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain in 1989 firmly established him as one of our foremost writers on literature and a leading critic.