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Description - To Hell with Culture by H. Gustav Klaus

'To Hell with Culture': Anarchism in Twentieth-Century British Literature explores the ways in which anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism made an impact in British twentieth-century literature. This radical and under-considered topic is up for review now that the traditional paradigms of leftist and radical thought are under re-examination, and the Marxist tradition is being seen as something of an imposition on a situation which was always actually more various and more complex than usual descriptions have admitted. This book highlights that in the early twentieth century there were several currents of anarchist thought. Whether highly radical (as in Grassic Gibbon) or effectively conservative (as in Chesterton), a good deal of the thinking and writing that has been classed as Marxist was in fact much more fully informed by anarchist thought than has been realised. Anarchist thinking was kept alive through various authors such as Gibbon, Read, Huxley, Sillitoe and Comfort, and has in significant ways flowered again in the late twentieth century in authors like Kelman and Welsh.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780708318980
ISBN-10: 0708318983
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: University of Wales Press
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - H. Gustav Klaus

H. Gustav Klaus is Professor of English at the University of Rostock. Stephen Knight is Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University.

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