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Fletter, 28th January 1993: ‘where are the E.P. Thompsons for the nineties & beyond?’

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2017 by kmflett

Fletter, 28th January 1993: where are the E.P. Thompson’s for the nineties and beyond?

London Review of Books, 28th January 1993

It is thirty years since Edward Thompson first published The Making of the English Working Class, and while the phrase he uses to criticise what Post-Modernism has tried to do to William Blake, ‘the somewhat attenuated discourse of analytic academicism’, is perhaps not quite on a level with ‘the enormous condescension of posterity’, we may give thanks that Thompson’s brain is razor sharp still and that, unlike some of his contemporaries, he has never been bought off by academic life or cheap fame in the press. Where, however, are the Edward Thompsons for the Nineties and beyond?

Keith Flett
London N17

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