Marxism and Literary Criticism [NOOK Book]

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Is Marx relevant any more? Why should we care what he wrote? What difference could it make to our reading of literature? Terry Eagleton, one of the foremost critics of our generation, has some answers in this wonderfully clear and readable analysis. Sharp and concise, it is, without doubt, the most important work on literary criticism that has emerged out of the tradition of Marxist philosophy and social theory since the nineteenth century. For this Routledge Classics edition the author has written a startling ...
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Overview

Is Marx relevant any more? Why should we care what he wrote? What difference could it make to our reading of literature? Terry Eagleton, one of the foremost critics of our generation, has some answers in this wonderfully clear and readable analysis. Sharp and concise, it is, without doubt, the most important work on literary criticism that has emerged out of the tradition of Marxist philosophy and social theory since the nineteenth century. For this Routledge Classics edition the author has written a startling and challenging new preface, which explains the continuing relevance of this pioneering work for the twenty-first century. For anyone interested in literature this book is essential reading.
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Colin McCabe
Terry Eagleton is that rare bird among literary critics - a real writer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203361771
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 8/9/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 562 KB

Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
1 Literature and history 1
Marx, Engels and criticism 1
Base and superstructure 3
Literature and superstructure 8
Literature and ideology 15
2 Form and content 19
History and form 19
Form and ideology 23
Lukacs and literary form 25
Goldmann and genetic structuralism 29
Pierre Macherey and 'decentred' form 32
3 The writer and commitment 35
Art and the proletariat 35
Lenin, Trotsky and commitment 38
Marx, Engels and commitment 41
The reflectionist theory 45
Literary commitment and English Marxism 50
4 The author as producer 55
Art as production 55
Walter Benjamin 56
Bertolt Brecht and 'epic' theatre 59
Form and production 62
Realism or modernism? 65
Consciousness and production 67
Notes 71
Select Bibliography 79
Index 83
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