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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 historical background

2

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 politics in the 1920s

6

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

7

Mass culture and its critics in inter-war Britain

8

Literature and politics in the 1930s

9

Proletarian literature in Britain during the 1930s

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

Literature and national culture in the Second World War

4

Literature, politics and the state from the Second World War to the Cold War

5

Liberalism and the Cold War (i): Orwell

6

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

7

Communist literature after the Soviet Literary Controversy

8

Liberalism and the Cold War (ii): Encounter magazine

9

Realism and the novel in the 1950s

10

The New Left and the Politics of Culture after Stalinism

Easter Vacation

Summer Term

1

Themes

2

Conclusions

3

Revision