The Uses of Literacy

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Faber & Faber, Limited, 2011 M03 18 - 384 páginas
The Uses of Literacy was first published in 1957 and in paperback, by Penguin, in 1958. Fifty years on its importance endures, it remains a work of great cultural analysis. The distinguished historian, Peter Hennessy, points out The Uses of Literacy became an instant classic in the late 1950s and he suspects that is because 'readers felt in their bones that he (Hoggart) was capturing the oldest working class in the world as it was passing through a valve into a mass-consumption society (which it could never abandon once acquired even if it wished to) at the price of losing much of what Hoggart called ''its moral capital''.' Hoggart asks fundamental questions about mass literacy and popular culture which are as pertinent today as then. Richard Hoggart, born in 1918, is a British academic and public figure, whose career has covered the fields of sociology, English literature and cultural studies, with a special concern for British popular culture. He has been Professor of English and the founder of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Warden of Goldsmiths. He retired from formal academic life in 1984.

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I'm struggling with this one a bit. It is quite dated and patronising. The interview at the end from 1990 gives really helpful context. I suggest reading the interview and then dipping into the book. Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - KWharton - LibraryThing

I'm struggling with this one a bit. It is quite dated and patronising. The interview at the end from 1990 gives really helpful context. I suggest reading the interview and then dipping into the book. Leer comentario completo

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Richard Hoggart was born in Leeds, England on September 24, 1918. He studied at Leeds University. During World War II, he served as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Royal Artillery. After the war, he worked as an extramural tutor at Hull University for 13 years. In 1951, he published his first book, a full-length study of WH Auden's poetry. His other works include The Uses of Literacy, An Idea and Its Servants, and Townscape with Figures. He taught at several universities including the University of Leicester, the University of Birmingham, and Goldsmiths College in London. He was a decisive witness in the 1960 Lady Chatterley trial, which liberalised British pornography laws and was instrumental in creating BBC2 as a quality television channel. He died on April 10, 2014 at the age of 95.

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