Episode 028

Structures of Feeling

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Contributors

Sophie Hope

Owen Kelly

 

Date

October 25, 2019

 

 

Commentary

During the previous episode Sophie Hope raised the concept of structures of feeling that Raymond Williams developed in the context of a discussion about the possible meanings of cultural democracy.

In this episode Owen Kelly and Sophie Hope dig out their copies of Marxism & Literature and discuss the cultural theory that Raymond Williams develops there in considerably more detail. They reflect on Williams’ insistence on keeping in mind that we live our lives as processes, and that cultural theory needs to avoid turning these into finished products that we can dissect at our leisure.

We examine some of the things that this might mean in practice, and what all this might mean for anyone interested in exploring ideas like cultural democracy.