Ideology

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This concise introduction to the concept of ideology provides an overview of the term and considers its impact on literary theory. James M. Decker analyses the history of Western ideology from its pre-Enlightenment roots to its current incarnations, providing readers with both an essential overview of key terms and issues and a thoughtful assessment of some of the important critical thinkers associated with the notion, including Marx, Gramsci and Althusser. Close readings of key texts, ranging from Toni ...

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Overview

This concise introduction to the concept of ideology provides an overview of the term and considers its impact on literary theory. James M. Decker analyses the history of Western ideology from its pre-Enlightenment roots to its current incarnations, providing readers with both an essential overview of key terms and issues and a thoughtful assessment of some of the important critical thinkers associated with the notion, including Marx, Gramsci and Althusser. Close readings of key texts, ranging from Toni Morrison's Sula to William Faulkner's "Barn Burning", demonstrate the impact of ideology on critical practice and literary reputation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780333775370
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/29/2003
  • Series: Transitions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Decker is Associate Professor of English, The Franciscan University.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction to 'Ideology' 3
2 Ideology and the Paradox of Subjectivity 15
3 Ideology and Institutional Authority 44
4 Political Ideology 73
5 Toni Morrison's Sula and Subjective Ideology 115
6 William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' and Institutional Ideology 130
7 George Orwell's 1984 and Political Ideology 146
8 The 'Post-Ideological' Era? 161
Notes 169
Annotated Bibliography 175
Bibliography 182
Index 191
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