The Beginnings of British Cultural Studies: Raymond Williams and Richard Hoggart

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154513 The Beginnings of British Cultural Studies: Raymond Williams and Richard Hoggart 2 HS Di 16:00 - 17:30 R. 3.208 Piskurek

Course Description

Raymond Williams and Richard Hoggart are two names that students of Cultural Studies will come across in the first few pages of most introductory textbooks; together with E.P. Thompson both are credited with bringing about the shift in thinking about culture in the late 1950s and early 1960s which paved the way for a whole new discipline. The actual texts in which Williams and Hoggart laid down their ideas are however largely, and sadly, neglected by many scholars in the field. This is regrettable because in their works we can find an almost infinite wealth of sharp observations about literature, culture, history, philosophy, etc. In this seminar we will read excerpts from the two scholars' seminal works, first and foremost from Williams's The Long Revolution (1961) and Marxism and Literature (1977), and from Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy (1957). We will discuss these texts against their historical background but will also analyse how relevant these ideas are in the 21st century.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.


Lehramtsstudiengänge Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften
  • BA LA: 501, 802, 803
  • MA LA: 1302, 1303
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6bc, 7ab, 8a Komp 3abc, 4b
  • B.A.AS: TG 5 Vertiefung Kern 6a, 8b Komp 3b
  • M.A.ALK: 1ab, ib
  • M.A.AS: TG 5
  • LPO 2003:
    • GHR: 5c
    • GyGe: 6a, 6b
    • SP1. Fach: 5c
    • SP2. Fach: 4b
    • BK: 6a, 6b
  • LPO 1994/2000: E1
  • LABG 2009:
    • G: 703, 704
    • HRG: 601, 1001
    • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
    • SP: 703