C.L.R. James, Vanity Fair and the audience

Smith, A. (2011) C.L.R. James, Vanity Fair and the audience. New Formations, 73, pp. 11-25. (doi:10.3898/NEWF.73.01.2011)

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Abstract

This essay considers what we can learn about the role of the audience or the reader from the work of C.L.R. James. Beginning with a brief consideration of James' theorisation of audiences, it moves on to discuss his own reading practice and, in particular, his relationship to Thackeray's Vanity Fair. It is argued that in important ways James' love of Thackeray reflects and informs the construction of his own novel, Minty Alley, as well as the critical populism of his politics more generally.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:C.L.R. James, William Makepeace Tackeray, Vanity Fair, Minty Alley, audience, Marxism
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Andrew
Authors: Smith, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:New Formations
ISSN:0950-2378
ISSN (Online):1741-0789
Published Online:25 November 2011

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