Measuring the distance: politics and community in Raymond Williams' Border Country (1960)
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Author/sValle Alcalá, Roberto del
The publication of Border Country in 1960 marks the expressive culmination of the theoretico-political project of the early Raymond Williams, as it is articulated in his seminal works Culture and Society and The Long Revolution. This semi-autobiographical novel presents a socio-historical horizon of contrasts and limits or “borders” (between a metropolitan modernity and a rural “margin” openly marked by class circumstances) organised around the concept of community. Through Matthew Price’s spatio-temporal (but also emotional and political) journey to his native village of Glynmawr, in the border region between Wales and England, Williams analyses historical fractures and ideological distances whilst simultaneously exploring the emancipatory potentialities of a decidedly collective and “ordinary” social experience. La publicación de Border Country en 1960 constituye la culminación expresiva del proyecto teórico-político del primer Raymond Williams, tal y como queda definido en sus dos t...