View Stuart Hall’s Bibliography (1957-2015) by Catherine Hall, Bill Schwarz and Nick Beech
The project for a bibliography that would capture the breadth and depth of Stuart Hall’s work was initiated by Catherine Hall and Bill Schwarz in the wake of Stuart’s death in 2014. I was honoured to be invited by them to prepare the bibliography—initially with a view to including this with the volumes of Hall’s work, published by Duke University Press under their general editorship. I began work on the bibliography in April 2014 and it was largely completed by November of that year. By then it was clear that the scale of the bibliography, and its utility for anyone working with Hall’s ideas, mitigated against publication in its full form. In discussion, Catherine, Bill and I agreed that publication in the most open and accessible form possible was desirable. Larry Grossberg suggested that the bibliography should be released online, through the Stuart Hall Foundation. We hope that this can become a fully serviceable, online resource for all those who are interested in Hall’s prolific output.
The following bibliography substantially adds to any previously published. I have included all the publicly available material that I could find, using the British Library, London; the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies Archive, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham; UNESCO Digital Archive, Paris; BBC Genome, online; the Raphael Samuel Archive, Bishopsgate Institute, London; and Stuart Hall’s private papers. As a result, the full scope of Hall’s writings can be seen for the rst time—including poetry, short fiction, interviews, journalism, literary criticism and much else—spanning 60 years of continuous production.
As well as expected political, cultural, and academic writing, I have tried to capture Hall’s teaching material, radio and television broadcasts, major public lectures and seminars, and contributions to public enquiries.
It is harder to trace and confirm such sources, but most, if not all, public broadcast and Open University material has, I believe, now been listed in this bibliography. Initially, it had been hoped that the bibliography would include works in translation. However, the sheer quantity of material, the number of languages, many of which required language skills far beyond my scope, and co-ordination of activity beyond the resources available at present, mean that the present bibliography, though it includes some material in foreign language, primarily restricts itself to English language publications. It is hoped that those working in other languages will be able to develop their own bibliographies, and perhaps share these with the Foundation in the future. These would include Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (and Cantonese), Portuguese (and Brazilian Portuguese), and Swedish—to name only those languages into which I know Hall’s work has been translated.
Apart from the absence of foreign language publications, there are, doubtless, gaps in the bibliography as it stands. I have not included any material post-2015. The number of interviews, edited and selected writings, previously unpublished lectures and manuscripts published in the past two years alone, will have to be accounted for at a later date. Doubtless there are errors too. I hope that these have at least been kept to a minimum. I have, were possible, verified by checking against original printed copy. Sometimes entries have proved elusive—where information is missing, or only a digital copy, or bibliographic reference found, that entry is given in red. Any information that users of the bibliography can provide, corrections, additions, and so on, are welcomed and sought. Please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The material is presented in strictly chronological order rather than categorised and distinguished between the ‘academic’, ‘teaching’ and ‘public’ works. Such distinctions would be so anathema to Hall’s own motivations as to be perverse. But I also hope that it might be useful for contemporary students, researchers and political activists who examine the bibliography, to discover how concerns first articulated by Hall in one public sphere or medium—whether that be a student journal, radio broadcast, academic article, or exhibition catalogue entry—were subsequently transposed into another. For that reason also, the substantial history of reprintswhether edited and/or extended—of key works has been recorded. It is hoped that these will stimulate interest in why certain concepts, arguments, and interests originally raised by Hall in, say, the late 1950s, or mid-1970s, resonated so profoundly in other periods. Users of the bibliography are invited to consider Hall’s work in the conjunctural terms he proposed.
A bibliography performs as a technology of attribution and location—it ascribes those works, of that time and place, to ‘Stuart Hall’. But the nature of Hall’s work, both in its procedures and in its consequences, presents a challenge to such a technology. In the most simple and immediate sense Hall’s practice was profoundly collaborative—the most frequent word to occur in the bibliography is ‘with’. And the works emerge from, and address, a socialist political project concerned with the formation of constituencies of diﬀerence. As Hall consistently demonstrated, such a political project strikes at the heart of so many assumptions about ‘who we are’—critiquing the implicit structures of those three terms, and the structure and function of ‘authorship’. Hall, as a public intellectual, was an interlocutor who addressed his co-authors, critics, readers, students, and targets on the terrain that they had set. It hardly needs saying, but the bibliography itself can only provide signposts to those addressees and terrains and just as often blurs or disguises what the writings and broadcasts focus and reveal.
A final, personal, note. This bibliography was produced in a process of mourning—Lord knows, it probably acted as such too. Hall’s family, close friends, former colleagues and students, and even some perfect strangers, have provided crucial details, corrections, and information. My thanks go to all of them. In particular, the bibliography is indebted to the work of David Morley and Kuan-Hsing Chen, who published a working bibliography in Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies; the support of John Akomfrah, who provided much of the information on audio-visual broadcasts that the bibliography presents; Larry Grossberg, who provided an extended database; and the ongoing oversight and care of Bill and Catherine.
The Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham
The Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham holds the Stuart Hall archive. This is a large collection containing material which documents his professional and political life including his activities as editor of the Universities and Left Review and the New Left Review in the 1950s and early 1960s; his involvement with CND during its first wave in the early 1960s; his role as a member and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham from 1964 to 1979; his teaching work at the Open University after he left Birmingham in 1979; and his wide-ranging research interests following his retirement from the Open University in 1997, until the end of his life.
The archive contains a substantial quantity of annotated drafts and published copies of Stuart Hall’s writings on a wide range of subjects, spanning the period from the 1950s to the 2010s, as well as correspondence; course materials; interview transcripts; recordings; and ephemera.
Read an overview of the Stuart Hall archive on the library’s online catalogue: US121
View the pdf finding aid, which details the Stuart Hall archive content by box: US121 Stuart Hall Archive finding aid.pdf