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“Communism is English”: Edgell Rickword, Jack Lindsay and the cultural politics of the popular front

Harker, B 2011, '“Communism is English”: Edgell Rickword, Jack Lindsay and the cultural politics of the popular front' , Literature and History, 20 (2) , pp. 23-40.

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    Focussing primarily on Edgell Rickword and Jack Lindsay, this article recovers and analyses the contexts and arguments through which these and other intellectuals identified with and articulated Communism in the mid and late 1930s. It argues that such neglected figures were absolutely central to the cultural politics of ‘popular front’ Communism, changing the profile of the Communist Party which in turn changed them. The article also unpicks significant tensions between these figures—fulsome and fluent advocates of bringing a radical emphasis to national culture in the name of a better future—and the Communist Party’s overarching subservience to the Soviet Union. The conclusion sketches in the contested legacies of Rickword and Lindsay’s interventions—which staked a claim on the nation’s future through the radical cultural and political traditions of its past—beyond the popular front period.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Communist, intellectuals, popular front, mass declamation, anthologies
    Themes: Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Literature and History
    Publisher: Manchester University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0306-1973
    Depositing User: B Harker
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 10:42
    Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 11:40

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