IBNA- The seminal book ‘Culture and Society’ by English progressive writer Raymond Williams which explores the development of the notion culture in the West specially in England has been translated into Persian and published.
According to IBNA correspondent, the book attempts to consider the evolutionary process of culture and literature and its relation with society has been jointly translated into Persian by Ali-Akbar Masoum-Baigi and Nastaran Mousavi and released by Nehgah Publishing.
The organizing principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened, and to follow the idea through to our own day.
When first published, ‘Culture and Society’ was widely regarded as having overturned conventional social and historical thinking about culture. It argues that the notion of culture developed in response to the Industrial Revolution and the social and political changes it brought in its wake.
This is done through a series of studies of famous British writers and essayists, beginning with Edmund Burke and William Cobbett, also looking at William Blake, William Wordsworth, etc., and continuing as far as F. R. Leavis, George Orwell and Christopher Caudwell.
The book is still in print, in several editions. It has also been translated into many languages.