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With the resurgent interest in his work today, this is a timely reevaluation of this foundational figure in Cultural Studies, a critical but friendly review of both Hoggarts work and reputation. Re-examines the reputation of one of the 'inventors' of Cultural Studies Uses new archival sources to critically evaluate Hoggarts contribution and influence, set his work in context, and determine its current relevance Addresses detractors and their positions of Hoggart, delineating long-term ideological battles within academia Brings cultural studies, literary criticism, and social history to bear on this figure whose interests spread across disciplines, to create a text which blends many threads into a coherent whole
Michael Bailey is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. He is the editor of Mediating Faiths: Religion and Socio-Cultural Change in the Twenty-First Century (with Guy Redden, 2011), Richard Hoggart: Culture & Critique (with Mary Eagleton, 2011), and Narrating Media History (2008).
Ben Clarke is Assistant Professor of Twentieth-century British Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), USA. His Orwell in Context: Communities, Myths, Values, appeared in 2007. His research interests include working-class culture, the public house, and Englishness.
John K. Walton is IKERBASQUE Research Professor, Department of Contemporary History, University of the Basque Country, Spain. He edits the Journal of Tourism History, and his most recent book, with Keith Hanley, is Constructing Cultural Tourism: John Ruskin and the Tourist Gaze (2010).
Table of Contents
1 Literature, Language, and Politics 16
The Uses of Literature 18
Hoggart in Context: Post-war Britain and the Leavises 21
The Language of ‘Theory’ 30
The Common Reader 34
Democratic Criticism 38
2 The Politics of Autobiography 49
Cultural Studies and Autobiography 51
Generic Conventions 54
Representing Working-Class Lives 59
Situating the Critic 66
3 Working-Class Intellectuals and Democratic Scholarship 73
Scholarship Boy 74
University Adult Education and the Varieties of Learning 76
The Grammar School and Working-Class Education 79
'Working-Class Intellectuals' and the 'Great Tradition' 85
4 Cultural Studies and the Uses of History 94
History and Cultural Studies 94
Locating Richard Hoggart 96
Richard Hoggart and the Emergence of Social History 102
Historians and Richard Hoggart 119
'Nostalgia', 'Romanticism', and 'Sentimentality': Recuperating Hoggart 122
5 Media, Culture, and Society 134
The BBC and Society 135
The Emergence of Commercial Broadcasting and Pilkington 138
Diversity, Authority, and Quality 145
The Limits and Possibilities of Broadcasting in the Twenty-First Century 154