Episode 028

Structures of Feeling









Sophie Hope

Owen Kelly



October 25, 2019




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.