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Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism

Key Words is committed to developing the tradition of cultural materialism derived from the founding analysis of culture and society in the work of Raymond Williams.

The journal provides a forum for radical thought on history and politics, and explores the role of literary, media and cultural forms in the contemporary global era. Each issue addresses a selected theme of relevance to the arts, media, politics and everyday life.

Further details can be found on the Raymond Williams Society website.

Issue 8, Labouring-Class Writing, has just been published and is available to buy now from Spokesman Books (£15).


Editors’ Preface

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Retrieval and Beyond: Labouring-Class Writing

Tim Burke and John Goodridge

Brute Strength: Labouring-Class Studies and Animal Studies
Donna Landry

Close Reading Yearsley
David Fairer

Not So Lowly Bards: Working-Class Women Poets and Middle-Class Expectations
Florence Boos

Genre Matters: Attending to Form and Convention in Eighteenth-Century Labouring-Class Poetry
William J. Christmas

Anne Milne

The Rise of Robert Bloomfield
Scott McEathron

The Foresters: Alexander Wilson’s Transatlantic Labouring-Class Nature Poetry
Bridget Keegan

‘Tracing the Ramifications of the Democratic Principle’:
Literary Criticism and Theory in the Chartist Circular
Mike Sanders

Labour History by Other Means
Jonathan Rose

Graphic Bric-a-brac: Comic Visual Culture and the
Study of Early Victorian Lower-Class Urban Culture (with illustrations)
Brian Maidment

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Language and Locale: John Locke, Somerset and Plain Style
Olivia Smith

Institutional Culture as Whiteness: ‘a complex argument’
John Higgins


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