Cultural Materialism

The Struggle for a Science of Culture

Author: Marvin Harris

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759101357

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

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Cultural Materialism, published in 1979, was Marvin Harris's first full-length explication of the theory with which his work has been associated. While Harris has developed and modified some of his ideas over the past two decades, generations of professors have looked to this volume as the essential starting point for explaining the science of culture to students. Now available again after a hiatus, this edition of Cultural Materialism contains the complete text of the original book plus a new introduction by Orna and Allen Johnson that updates his ideas and examines the impact that the book and theory have had on anthropological theorizing.

Cultural Materialism

Author: Andrew Milner

Publisher: Melbourne University Publish

ISBN: 9780522844931

Category: Social Science

Page: 140

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This book places cultural materialism in relation to earlier paradigms such as literary humanism and Marxism, and explains how the new paradigm has been applied to important areas such as cultural studies, media studies and literary studies.

Cultural Materialism

On Raymond Williams

Author: Christopher Prendergast

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816622801

Category: Political Science

Page: 387

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On Williams' theory of cultural materialism

Re-imagining Cultural Studies

The Promise of Cultural Materialism

Author: Andrew Milner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761961147

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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'Re-imagining Cultural Studies' restores Williams to a central position in relation to the formation and development of cultural studies. This book is a reappraisal of the Williams approach.

Political Shakespeare

Essays in Cultural Materialism

Author: Jonathan Dollimore,Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719043529

Category: Drama

Page: 295

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1. Shakespeare, cultural materialism and the new historicism-2. Renaissance authority and its subversion, Henry IV and Henry V.- 3. This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine: The Tempest and the discourse of Colonialism. - 4. Transgressioon and surveillance in Measure for Measure. - 5. The patriarchal bard: feminist criticism and Shakespeare: King Lear and Measure for Measure. - 6. Strategies of State and political plays: A Midsummer Nights̀ Dream, Henry V, Henry VIII. - 7. Shakespeare understudies: the sodomite, the prostitute, the transvestite and their critics. - 8. Introduction: Reproductions, interventions. - 9. Givee an account of Shakespeare and Education, showing why you think they are effective and what you have appreciated about them. Support your comments with precise references. - 10. Royal Shakespeare: theatre and the making of ideology. - 11. Radical potentiality and institutional closure:Shakespeare in film and television. - 12. How Brecht read Shakespeare. - 13. Heritage and the market, regulation and desublimation.

Culture and Materialism

Selected Essays

Author: Raymond Williams

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 277

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Raymond Williams is a towering presence in cultural studies, most importantly as the founder of the apporach that has come to be known as cultural materialism. Yet Williams s method was always open-ended and fluid, and this volume collects together his most significant work from over a twenty-year peiod in which he wrestled with the concepts of materialism and culture and their interrelationship. Aside from his more directly theoretical texts, however, case-studies of theatrical naturalism, the Bloomsbury group, advertising, science fiction, and the Welsh novel are also included as illustrations of the method at work. Finally, Williams s identity as an active socialist, rather than simply an academic, is captured by two unambiguously political pieces on the past, present and future of Marxism.

Shakespeare and Cultural Materialist Theory

Author: Christopher Marlow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472572947

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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Cultural materialism is one of the most important and one of the most provocative theories to have emerged in the last thirty years. Combining close attention to Shakespearean texts and the conditions of their production with an explicit left-wing political affiliation, cultural materialism offers readers a radical avenue through which to engage with Shakespeare and his world. Shakespeare and Cultural Materialist Theory charts the inception and development of this theory, setting out its central tenets and analysing the work of key thinkers such as Alan Sinfield, Jonathan Dollimore, Terence Hawkes and Catherine Belsey. Unlike most literary theories, cultural materialism attempts to use the study of Shakespeare to intervene in the politics of the present day, and its unsettling approach has not passed without objection, both within academia and without. This book considers the debates, scandals and controversies caused by cultural materialism, and by applying it to Shakespeare afresh, demonstrates that the theory is still very much alive and kicking.

Raymond Williams

Literature, Marxism and Cultural Materialism

Author: John Higgins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135630194

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Raymond Williams' prolific output is increasingly recognised as the most influential body of work on literary and cultural studies in the past fifty years. This book provides the most comprehensive study to date of the theoretical and historical context of Williams' thinking on literature, politics and culture. John Higgins traces: * Williams' intellectual development * the related growth of a New Left cultural politics * the origins of the theory and practice of cultural materialism. Raymond Williams is an astonishing achievement and will challenge many received ideas about Williams' work.

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory

New Historicism and Cultural Materialism

Author: Neema Parvini

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441190872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In the thirty years since the publication of Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning overthrew traditional modes of Shakespeare criticism, New Historicism and Cultural Materialism have rapidly become the dominant modes for studying and writing about the Bard. This comprehensive guide introduces students to the key writers, texts and ideas of contemporary Shakespeare criticism and alternatives to new historicist and cultural materialist approaches suggested by a range of dissenters including evolutionary critics, historical formalists and advocates of 'the new aestheticism', and the more politically active presentists. Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory covers such topics as: The key theoretical influences on new historicism including Michel Foucault and Louis Althusser. The major critics, from Stephen Greenblatt to Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Dissenting views from traditional critics and contemporary theorists. Chapter summaries and questions for discussion throughout encourage students to critically engage with contemporary Shakespeare theory for themselves. The book includes a 'Who's Who' of major critics, a timeline of key publications and a glossary of essential critical terms to give students and teachers easy access to essential information.

After Raymond Williams

Cultural Materialism and the Break-up of Britain

Author: Hywel Dix

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 070832665X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain has two broad aims. The first is to re-examine the concept of cultural materialism, the term used by Raymond Williams to describe his theory of how writing and other cultural forms relate to general social and historical processes. Using this theory, the second objective is to explore the material ways in which contemporary British writing participates in one particular political process - that of the break-up of Britain. The general trajectory of the book is a matter of superseding Williams: the early chapters are devoted to extrapolating Williams's materialist theory of cultural forms, while later chapters are concerned with applying this theoretical material to a series of readings of books and films produced in the years since his death in 1988. This volume provides a detailed account of some of the writing produced in Scotland and Wales in the years surrounding political devolution, and also considers the ways in which different subcultural communities use fiction to renegotiate their relationships with the British whole.


Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading

Author: Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520076075

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 365

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"A coherent and compelling politics of reading. . . . Sinfield is intervening in a cultural debate not merely about the meaning of the texts he considers but about the very nature of literary study itself. Though his reading of central Renaissance texts such as Sidney's Defence, Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Shakespeare's Othello, and Donne's lyrics are wonderfully agile and alert, the true stakes of his argument are the protocols of the institutions in which we read and study literature."—David Scott Kastan, author of Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time "This is an important and urgently needed contribution to the field of culture criticism both in the U. K. and in the U.S.A. Until fairly recently, culture criticism on both sides of the Atlantic has been dominated by the cultural apparatus of the New Right. Sinfield's energetic and courageous intervention helps to break the silence of dissident communities and it is therefore a welcome rejoinder to the neo-conservative chorus."—Michael D. Bristol, author of Shakespeare's America, America's Shakespeare

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality

Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

Author: Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134143257

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality is a powerful reassessment of cultural materialism as a way of understanding textuality, history and culture, by one of the founding figures of this critical movement. Alan Sinfield examines cultural materialism both as a body of ongoing argument and as it informs particular works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, especially in relation to sexuality in early-modern England and queer theory. The book has several interlocking preoccupations: theories of textuality and reading the political location of Shakespearean plays and the organisation of literary culture today the operation of state power in the early-modern period and the scope for dissidence the sex/gender system in that period and the application of queer theory in history. These preoccupations are explored in and around a range of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Throughout the book Sinfield re-presents cultural materialism, framing it not as a set of propositions, as has often been done, but as a cluster of unresolved problems. His brilliant, lucid and committed readings demonstrate that the ‘unfinished business’ of cultural materialism - and Sinfield’s work in particular - will long continue to produce new questions and challenges for the fields of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.

Studying Societies and Cultures

Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and its Legacy

Author: Lawrence A. Kuznar,Stephen K. Sanderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317251245

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it." Paul Shankman, University of Colorado One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris's theories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism's epistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, and population pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications of cultural materialism today.

Cultural Materialism

Theory and Practice

Author: Scott Wilson

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631185338

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In recent years the left has transformed traditional approaches to literature and culture. Critical movements such as Cultural Materialism and New Historicism have succeeded to the point where they now constitute the new academic order. Scott Wilson explains and demonstrates the power of these modes of critical enquiry and explores their limitations. His book provides a forceful critical engagement with major figures in the field - Francis Barker, Catherine Belsey, Jonathan Dollimore, Terry Eagleton, Jonathan Goldberg, Stephen Greenblatt, Alan Sinfield. He also shows how cultural materialism is applied in practice

A Very Short Study of Cultural Materialism in H. G. Wells’ Selected Novels

Author: Amir Hossein Yasini Visti

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668546584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 8

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Essay from the year 2014 in the subject English - Literature, Works, University of Tehran, language: English, abstract: This paper aims to study how the works of H. G. Wells do not simply convey the support of dominant culture while reflecting its inner tensions and contradictions. Literature plays an active role in the creation of power relations. However, it does not reflect the culture in which it is produced, but actively contributes to the constitution of culture and history. On the other hand, the works of H. G. Wells represent their author as the modernist practitioner of Victorian standards. The works have the capacity of reflecting dissident by suggesting the inner contradictions of social order in their world of fantasy. The present study is conducted on some major works of Wells including "The Time Machine", "The War of the Worlds", "The Island of Doctor Moreau", and "The Invisible Man".

New Historicism and Cultural Materialism

A Reader

Author: Kiernan Ryan

Publisher: Hodder Education

ISBN: 9780340614587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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New Historicism and Cultural Materialism have become two of the most powerful and appealing movements in modern criticism. Their conquest of Renaissance studies has escalated into global colonization of English and American literary history. A wealth of innovative work has emerged on everything from the "Canterbury Tales" to the "Cantos," bringing intense theoretical controversy in its wake. This Reader pulls the diversity and polemical vigor of this new critical constellation into focusfor the first time.

Science, Materialism, and the Study of Culture

Author: Martin F. Murphy,Maxine L. Margolis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813014142

Category: Science

Page: 223

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"Well-argued, clearly written essays by anthropologists committed to understanding culture through theoretically grounded analysis of its material underpinnings. The authors' impassioned call for an anthropology that addresses pressing social problems--exploitation, inequality, violence, hunger, and underdevelopment--is a welcome counterweight to studies that view power primarily as discourse or poetics."--Marc Edelman, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY "A major contribution to anthropology in both theory and application."--Barbara Miller, George Washington University The social sciences, especially cultural anthropology, are mired in contentious arguments about the desirability--even the applicability--of scientific and causal principles in the study of culture and society. The authors of these essays come down clearly on the side of the significance of these principles, claiming that a cultural materialist approach is the most productive way of explaining cultural differences and similarities and of understanding many "unexplainable" aspects of culture. The authors analyze both theoretical and practical issues, and they critique currents in social science that claim that human behaviors and organizations are undecipherable. They also demonstrate an important but often overlooked contribution of cultural materialism--its firm commitment to understanding the injustices and inequities in societies around the world. Contents An Introduction to Cultural Materialism, by Martin F. Murphy and Maxine L. Margolis Part I. Theoretical Perspectives Explanation and Ground Truth: The Place of Cultural Materialism in Scientific Anthropology, by Allen Johnson Infrastructural Determinism, by R. Brian Ferguson Politics, Theory, and the Nature of Cultural Things, by Roger Sanjek Anthropology and Postmodernism, by Marvin Harris Part II. Applications Hunting Patterns and Village Fissioning among the Yanomani: A Cultural Materialist Perspective, by Kenneth Good Water Theft in Egypt's Fayoum Oasis: Emics, Etics, and the Illegal, by David H. Price A Cultural Materialist Approach to the Causes of Hunger and Homelessness in New York City, by Anna Lou Dehavenon "We Are All Chickens for the Colonel": A Cultural Materialist View of Prisons, by Jagna Wojcicka Sharff Peasants, Projects, and Anthropological Models: Fragile Causal Chains and Crooked Causal Arrows, by Gerald F. Murray Martin F. Murphy is associate professor and chair of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or coauthor of four books, including Dominican Sugar Plantations: Production and Foreign Labor Integration and The 1982 Elections in the Dominican Republic: A Sociological and Historical Interpretation. Maxine L. Margolis is professor of anthropology at the University of Florida. She is the author of Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City, Mothers and Such: Views of American Women and Why They Changed, and The Moving Frontier: Social and Economic Change in a Southern Brazilian Community; and coeditor of Brazil: Anthropological Perspectives.