Make us homepage
Add to Favorites
FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).

Main page » Non-Fiction » To Hell with Culture: Anarchism in Twentieth-Century British Literature

To Hell with Culture: Anarchism in Twentieth-Century British Literature


To Hell with Culture contains thirteen essays on anarchism and literature, with a focus on twentieth-century fiction, and on writers who have been neglected because of their non-canonical or regional status. Alex Comfort – the author of The Joy of Sex, but also a novelist and poet – provides a series of intriguing parallels to Aldous Huxley in a comparative essay by David Goodway. Fiction of the British regions (or nations) also furnishes useful contemporary material. In his essay "Anti-authoritarianism in James Kelman's fiction", H. Gustav Klaus sees an anarchist spirit not just in the form of Kelman's writing but also in its themes: the ideological and repressive functions of educational, legal, medical and other authorities. James Leslie Mitchell, the author of the modernist Scottish classic A Scots Quair, is given a respite from nationalist criticism in William K. Malcolm's "Art for Politics' Sake: The Sardonic Principle of James Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon)". Malcolm finds in Mitchell's work a radical suspicion of the writer's transfiguration of a fallen commonplace reality. Such a sardonic attitude to a high culture that supposedly redeems the horrors of society informs the anarchist cry of Herbert Read (and Eric Gill) taken as the volume's title: "To Hell with Culture!". Other essays deal with anarchism in relation to Welsh fiction, the Spanish Civil War, and the East End of London, and with a range of authors, including G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, John Cowper Powys, Herbert Read, Mark Ravenhill and Enda Walsh.
Not registered yet? We'll like you more if you do!

Purchase To Hell with Culture: Anarchism in Twentieth-Century British Literature from
Dear user! You need to be registered and logged in to fully enjoy We recommend registering or logging in.

Tags: essays, Culture, radical, British, Marxist