What did you say?
Jane Harrison

“The Bears revolution has made me so happy—it is the best and biggest thing the War has brought and does justify our faith in them and it is splendid that there has been so little bloodshed.”

- Jane Harrison

This is a resources page. Listed below are key texts, websites and other things that inform the project. It is completely subjective, selective and will shift dramatically as I chase about. Please feel free to recommend resources. As I produce work related to the project, I will also add these items at the top of the list. The aim here — as with this website’s main archive and audio section — is not only to provide resources for students and fellow researchers, but also to share ideas as they emerge, to stimulate discussion and interest in the field, and to encourage collaboration.

Related Projects


BNC Research

  • Stead, Henry & Edith Hall (2016), ‘Between the Party and the Ivory Tower: Classics and Communism in 1930s Britain’ in Movrin, David & Elżbieta Olechowska eds. Classics and Class: Greek and Latin Classics and Communism at School (Warsaw/Ljubljana) pp. 3-31.
  • Stead, Henry (forthcoming), ‘British Communist Theatre and Aristophanes: the Case of Ewan MacColl and Joan Littlewood’ in Movrin, David & Elżbieta Olechowska eds. Classics and Communism in Theatre (Warsaw/Ljubljana).

Further Reading

  • Balina, Marina (2007), ‘Ancient Rome for little comrades’ in Larmour, D. H. J., & Spencer, D. (eds.) The sites of Rome time, space, memory. (Oxford: OUP).
  • Beasley, R & P. Ross Bullock eds. (2013), Russia in Britain 1880-1940 (Oxford: OUP).
  • Bounds, Philip (2009), Orwell and Marxism: The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell (London: IB Taurus).
  • Bounds, Philip (2012), British Communism and the Politics of Literature 1928-1938 (London: Merlin).
  • Brown, Richard Danson (2009), Louis MacNeice and the Poetry of the 1930s (Tavistock: Northcote House).
  • Clarke, Katherine (2011), Moscow, the fourth Rome (Cambridge, Mass: HUP).
  • Croft, Andy ed. (1998), A Weapon in the Struggle: The Cultural History of the Communist Party in Britain (London: Pluto).
  • Cunningham, Valentine (1989), British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford: OUP).
  • David-Fox, M. (2014), Showcasing the great experiment (New York: OUP).
  • Deakin, Nicholas ed. (2015), Radiant Illusion: Middle-class recruits to Communism in the 1930s (Edenbridge: Eden Valley Editions).
  • Harker, Ben (2007), Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl (London: Pluto).
  • Kalb, J. E. (2008),Russia’s Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890–1940 (Wisconsin: UWP).
  • Leach, Robert (1994), Revolutionary theatre (London: Routledge).
  • Morgan, K., G. Cohen & A. Flinn (2007), Communists and British Society (London: Rivers Oram Press).
  • Morgan, K. (2006-2013), Bolshevism and the British left (3v, London: Lawrence & Wishart).
  • Ostrovskaya, E. & E. Zemskova (2016), ‘Between the Battlefield and the Marketplace: International Literature magazine in Britain’, in Russian Journal of Communication (Routledge).
  • Torlone, Z. M. (2009), Russia and the classics: poetry’s foreign muse (London: Duckworth).
  • Torlone, Z. M. (2014), Vergil in Russia: national identity and classical reception (Oxford: OUP).


  • Hoggart, Richard (1957), Uses of Literacy: Changing Patterns in English Mass Culture (NJ: Essential Books).
  • Williams, Raymond (1958), Culture and Society 1780-1950 (London: Chatto & Windus).
  • Williams, Raymond (1976), Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (London: Fontana).

Some Primary Resources

  • The Left Review (1934-38)
  • Day Lewis, Cecil ed. (1937), The Mind in Chains (London: Frederick Muller).
  • Burn, Emile ed. (1937), A Handbook of Marxism: being a collection of extracts from the writings of Marx, Engels and the greatest of their followers, selected so as to give the reader the most comprehensive account of Marxism possible within the limits of a single volume (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd).
  • Sprigg, C. S. J. (1937), Illusion and reality; a study of the sources of poetry (London: Macmillan).