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Raymond Williams on Television (Routledge Revivals)
Selected Writings

ISBN 9780415509299
Published February 11, 2013 by Routledge
246 Pages

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First Published in 1989, this work is based around a monthly TV column which Raymond Williams wrote for The Listener between 1968 and 1972. Those were the years of the Prague Spring, of anti-Vietnam war demonstrations, of fighting in Cambodia and Northern Ireland, of hope for McGovern in the United States and attacks on the Wilson Labour Government in Britain. In The Listener articles Williams comments on all of these events, providing a rare glimpse not only into the events of his daily life but also into the continuing development of a personal sociology of culture.

The articles also discuss such television forms as detective series, science programmes and sports, travelogue, education, gardening, and children’s programming. The book also includes Williams’ key lecture "Drama in a Dramatised Society", which sets a framework for his analysis; a London Review of Books piece on the Falklands/Malvinas adventure as a "tele-war"; and an interview with Williams on television and teaching.

Cited by The Guardian as "The foremost political thinker of his generation", Williams’ writing amounts to a primer on ways of watching television and of critiquing its profound social and political impact.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Alan O’Connor  Part 1: Television: Cultural Form and Politics  1. Drama in a Dramatised Society  2. Distance  3. What Happened at Munich  4. Impressions of U.S. Television  Part 2: The Listener Columns: Television Forms and Conventions  5. As We See Others  6. Private Worlds  7. Shoot the Prime Minister  8. The Miner and the City  9. A Moral Rejection  10. A New Way of Seeing  11. Persuasion  12. To the Last Word: on "The Possessed"  13. Personal Relief Time  14. A Noble Past  15. Combined Operation  16. Based on Reality  17. Watching From Elsewhere  18. Crimes and Crimes  19. Death Wish in Venice  20. Science, Art and Human Interest  21. Pitmen and Pilgrims  22. Most Doctors Recommend  23. A Bit of a Laugh, a Bit of Glamour  24. Brave Old World  25. The Green Language  26. The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free  27. There’s Always the Sport  28. Going Places  29. Against Adjustment  30. Back to the World  31. ITVs Domestic Romance  32. Breaking Out  33. Between Us and Chaos  34. The Decadence Game  35. A Very Late Stage in Bourgeois Art  36. Galton and Simpson’s "Steptoe and Son"  37. Being Serious  38. Billy and Darkly  39. Programmes and Sequences  40. Remembering the Thirties  41. Open Teaching  42.Terror  43. Cowboys and Missionaries  44. Careers and Jobs  45. China-Watching  46. An English Autumn  47. Judges and Traitors  48. Sesame Street  49. Three Documentaries  50. The Question of Ulster  51. Culture  52. Old Times and New: On Solidarity  53. Hardy Annuals  54. Where Does Rozanov Come In?  55. The Golden Lotus  56. Hassle  57. Natural Breaks  58. Ad Hominem  59. Versions of Webster  60. Intellectual Superiority  61. Why is the BBC like "Monty Python’s Flying Circus"  62. The Top of the Laugh  63. Isaac’s Urges  Part 3: An Interview with Raymond Williams  64: Television and Teaching

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