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Politics and Literature in Britain from the Russian Revolution to the Cold War (HI2D7): Bibliography

Primary Sources

  • William Morris, ‘Art and Plutocracy’ and ‘Art and Socialism’ (both 1884) in A.L. Morton ed., Political Writings of William Morris (London, 1973)
  • Oscar Wilde, ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’ (1891) in The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose (London, 2001)
  • Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (Moscow, 1924; repr. London, 2005), chs.6-8
  • Eden & Cedar Paul, Proletcult (Proletarian Culture) (London, 1921)
  • John Strachey, The Coming Struggle for Power (London, 1932), chs.10-11
  • Michael Roberts, ed., New Signatures: Poems by Several Hands (London, 1932), Introduction
  • W.H. Auden, ‘A Communist to Others’, ‘Comrades Who When the Sirens Roar’, ‘Spain’, ‘In Time of War’, ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’, ‘September 1, 1939’
  • Stephen Spender, The Destructive Element (London, 1935), Introduction & Part III
  • —, The New Realism (London, 1939)
  • Walter Greenwood, Love on the Dole (London, 1933)
  • G. Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)
  • —, Homage to Catalonia (1938)
  • —, ‘Inside the Whale’ (1940)
  • —, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  • Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (London, 1939), esp. ch.XII
  • Virginia Woolf, ‘Why Art Today Follows Politics’, ‘Three Guineas’, ‘The Leaning Tower’, in The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume 6: 1933 to 1941, ed. Stuart N. Clarke (London, 2011)
  • A. Koestler et al., The Challenge of Our Time (London, 1948)
  • Universities and Left Review (1957-9) and New Reasoner (1957-9), available online at http://banmarchive.org.uk/archive_index.htm 
  • RW, Culture and Society 1780-1950 (London, 1958) and The Long Revolution (London, 1961), Introduction, Part II ch.7, Part III
  • Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (London, 1962)
  • E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (London, 1963), Preface and ch.16

Secondary Sources

  • A. Anderson, Bleak Liberalism (Chicago/ London, 2016)
  • G. Andrews, N. Fishman and K. Morgan (eds.),
  • Opening the Books: Essays on the Social and Cultural History of British Communism (London, 1995)
  • G. Barnhisel, Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy (New York, 2015), Introduction & chs.1, 4 & Conclusion
  • B. Beaven, Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Men in Britain, 1850-1945 (Manchester, 2005), ch.6
  • M. Bevir, The Making of British Socialism (Princeton NJ/ Oxford, 2011), ch.5, 8, 12-13
  • P. Bounds, British Communism and the Politics of Literature, 1928-1939 (Pontypool, 2012)
  • A. Briggs, ‘The Language of Mass and Masses’ in D.E. Martin and D. Rubinstein (eds.),
  • Ideology and the Labour Movement: Essays presented to John Saville (London, 1979), repr. in Collected Essays Vol. 1 (Brighton, 1985)
  • I. Britain, Fabianism and Culture: A Study in British Socialism and the Arts, c.1884-1918 (Cambridge, 1982)
  • P. Brooker & A. Thacker, eds., The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955 (Oxford, 2009), chs.8, 26-28, 36
  • E. Brown & M. Grover, eds., Middlebrow Literary Cultures: The Battle of the Brows, 1920-1960 (Basingstoke, 2012), Introduction and chs.4 & 5
  • A. Calder, The People’s War: Britain 1939-45 (London, 1969), ch.8
  • J. Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and prejudice among the literary intelligentsia, 1880-1939 (London, 1992)
  • D. Caute, The Dancer Defects: The Struggle for Cultural Supremacy During the Cold War (Oxford, 2003)
  • S. Collini, Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain (Oxford, 2006), chs.5-7, 10, 13, 15, 17
  • S. Constantine, ‘Love on the Dole and its reception in the 1930s’, Literature & History 8 (1982), 232-47
  • B. Crick, George Orwell: A Life (London, 1980)
  • A. Croft, Red Letter Days: British Fiction in the 1930s (London, 1990)
  • —, ed., A Weapon in the Struggle: The Cultural History of the Communist Party of Great Britain (London, 1998)
  • —, Comrade Heart: A life of Randall Swingler (Manchester/ New York, 2003)
  • V. Cunningham, British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford, 1988)
  • D. Dwan, Liberty, Equality, and Humbug: Orwell’s Political Ideas (forthcoming, Oxford, 2018)
  • S. Eagles, After Ruskin: The Social and Political Legacies of a Victorian Prophet, 1870-1920 (Oxford, 2011)
  • G. Eley, ‘Finding the People’s War: Film, British Collective Memory, and World War II’, American Historical Review 106:3 (2001)
  • S. Ellis, British Writers and the approach of World War II (Cambridge, 2015)
  • G. Field, Blood, Sweat and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class, 1939-1945 (Oxford, 2011), Introduction & ch.6
  • R. Gagnier, Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920 (New York/ Oxford, 1991), ch.3
  • J. Harding, The Criterion: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Interwar Britain (Oxford, 2002)
  • —, ‘"Our Greatest Asset": Encounter Magazine and the Congress for Cultural Freedom’, in G. G. Scott-Smith & C.A. Lerg (eds.),
  • Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (London, 2017)
  • B. Harker, ‘"Communism is English": Edgell Rickword, Jack Lindsay and the Cultural Politics of the Popular Front’, Literature & History 20:2 (2011)
  • N. Hayes & J. Hill, eds., ‘Millions Like Us’? British Culture in the Second World War (Liverpool, 1999)
  • R. Hewison, Culture and Consensus: England, art and politics since 1940 (London, 1995)
  • C. Hilliard, To Exercise Our Talents: the democratization of writing in Britain (Cambridge, MA, 2006)
  • —, ‘Producers by Hand and by Brain: Working-Class Writers and Left-Wing Publishers in 1930s Britain’, Journal of Modern History 78:1 (2006)
  • —, English as a Vocation: The ‘Scrutiny’ Movement (New York, 2012)
  • C. Hobday, Edgell Rickword: A Poet at War (Manchester, 1989)
  • S. Hynes, The Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930s (London, 1976)
  • R. Jacoby, The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in an Age of Apathy (New York, 1999)
  • N. Joicy, ‘A Paperback Guide to Progress: Penguin Books, 1935-51’, Twentieth Century British History 4 (1993), 25-56
  • M. Kenny, The First New Left: British Intellectuals After Stalin (London, 1995), chs.1-4
  • George P. Landow, Ruskin (Oxford, 1985), ch.3
  • D.L. LeMahieu, A Culture for Democracy: Mass Communication and the Cultivated Mind in Britain Between the Wars (Oxford, 1988)
  • F.M. Leventhal, ‘"The Best for the Most": CEMA and State Sponsorship of the Arts in Wratime, 1939-1945’,
  • Twentieth Century British History 1 (1990), 289-317
  • R. Livesey, Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914 (Oxford, 2007)
  • J. Lucas, The 1930s: A Challenge to Orthodoxy (Hassocks, 1978)
  • M. MacKay, ‘"Doing Business with Totalitaria": British Late Modernism and the Politics of Reputation’,
  • ELH [English Literary History] 73:3 (2006)
  • —, Modernism and World War II (Cambridge, 2007)
  • —, ‘Anti-State Fantasy and the Fiction of the 1940s’, Literature & History 24 (2015), 27-40
  • D. Margolies, ‘Left Review and Left Literary Theory’ in Clark, J., Heinemann, M., Margolies, D. & Snee, C., (eds.), Culture and Crisis in Britain in the Thirties (London, 1979)
  • R. McKibbin, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951 (Oxford, 1998), chs.13-14
  • T. Miller, Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction and the Arts between the Wars (Berkeley/ Los Angeles, 1999)
  • D. Moggach, ‘Aesthetics and Politics’ in G. Stedman Jones and G. Claeys (eds.),
  • The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge, 2011)
  • B. Morrison, The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s (Oxford, 1980)
  • F. Mulhern, ‘The Marxist Aesthetics of Christopher Caudwell’, New Left Review I/85 (1974)
  • —, Culture/ Metaculture (London/ New York, 2000)
  • J. Newsinger, Orwell’s Politics (Basingstoke, 1999)
  • R. Potter, Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture, 1900-1930 (Oxford, 2006)
  • J. Rodden, The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of "St. George" Orwell (New York/ Oxford, 1989)
  • J. Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven/ London, 2001; 2ndedn., 2010)
  • R. Samuel, The Lost World of British Communism (London/ New York, 2006)
  • M. Shelden, Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon (London, 1989)
  • M. Smith, ‘George Orwell, war and politics in the 1930s,’ Literature & History (1980)
  • P. Stansky, William Morris (Oxford, 1983)
  • F. Stonor Saunders, Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (London, 1999)
  • Williams, K., & Matthews, S. (eds.), Rewriting the Thirties: Modernism and After (London/ New York, 1997)
  • C. Waters, British Socialists and the Politics of Popular Culture, 1883-1914 (Manchester, 1990)
  • R. Webster, ‘Love on the Dole and the aesthetics of contradiction’, in J. Hawthorn, ed., The British
  • Working Class Novel in the Twentieth Century (London, 1984)
  • R. Weight, ‘"Building a New British Culture": the Arts Centre Movement, 1943-53’ in Weight & A. Beach, eds., The Right to Belong: Citizenship and National Identity in Britain, 1930-1960 (London/ New York, 1998)
  • F. Winter, ‘Was Orwell a Secret Optimist? The Narrative Function of the "Appendix" to Nineteen Eighty-Four’ in B.J. Suykerbuyk, ed., Essays from Oceania and Eurasia: George Orwell and 1984 (Antwerp, 1984)
  • A. Woloch, Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism (Cambridge, MA/ London, 2016)