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

Term

Week

Lecture and Seminar Topic

Autumn Term
1

Introduction and theoretical background

2

Historical background: aesthetics and politics in Britain before 1914

3

The Great War and literary ‘reconstruction’

4

The Russian Revolution: ‘Proletcult’ or universal culture?

5

Modernism and the ‘battle of the brows’: art and democracy in the 1920s

6

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

7

Art and Communism in Britain before the Popular Front

8

Proletarian literature in Britain during the 1930s

9

The ‘Auden Generation’: art and propaganda

10

Socialist realism and the Popular Front

Christmas Vacation

Spring Term
1

Literature and the Spanish Civil War

2

‘The long 1939’: literature and politics at the end of ‘the Thirties’

3

Art and the Second World War (I): a people’s culture?

4

Art and the Second World War (II): reconstructing standards

5

The problem of commitment: literature, politics and the state between the Second World War and the Cold War

6

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

7

Liberalism and the Cold War (I): Orwell

8

Communist literature after the Soviet Literary Controversy

9

Liberalism and the Cold War (II): Encounter magazine

10

The realist novel in the 1950s

Easter Vacation

Summer Term

1

The New Left and the politics of culture after Stalinism

2

Conclusions

3

Revision