Raymond Williams, Theoretical Crisis

“Now I think the true crisis in cultural theory, in our time, is between this view of the work of art as object and the alternative of art as a practice. What this can show us here about the practice of analysis is that we have to break from the common procedure of isolating the object and then discovering its components. On the contrary we have to discover the nature of a practice and then its conditions.” (Raymond Williams, Marxist Cultural Studies)