The lectures in this volume were delivered by Stuart Hall in the summer
of 1983 at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign as part of the
teaching institute (which was followed by a conference) called “Marxism
and the Interpretation of Culture: Limits, Frontiers, Bound aries,” orga-
nized by Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg. Both the teaching insti-
tute, June 8– July 8, and the conference, July 8–12, have been extremely
influential in shaping the development of cultural theory in and across
a variety of disciplines, including Cultural Studies, Communication, Lit-
erary Theory, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Education. The teaching
institute consisted of seminars taught by Perry Anderson, Stuart Hall,
Fredric Jameson, Julia Lesage, Gajo Petrovi, Gayatri Spivak, and Uni-
versity of Illinois faculty  A. Belden Fields, Lawrence Grossberg, and
Richard Schacht. Participants were students and faculty from across
the U.S. as well as from several other countries. The conference, with an
audience of over five hundred students and faculty, resulted in a book
of essays and exchanges (Nelson and Grossberg 1988) that reflects the
event’s many interdisciplinary exchanges and includes Hall’s “The Toad
in the Garden: Thatcherism among the Theorists” (35–73). The shape of
cultural theory— its interpretation, directions, scholarship, and teach-
ing—in the U.S. today can be credited in part to the events of that sum-
mer and the book, the extensive interaction of established and young
editors’ introduction
Lawrence Grossberg and Jennifer Daryl Slack
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