Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader

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Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader is designed to give both students and lecturers a sense of the historical formation of a Marxist literary tradition. A unique compilation of principal texts in that tradition, it offers the reader new ways of reading Marxism, literature, theory, and the social possibilities of writing.
Represented in this reader are: Theodor W. Adorno, Louis Althusser, Aijaz Ahmad, Chida Amuta, Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey, Roland Barthes, Walter ...

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Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader is designed to give both students and lecturers a sense of the historical formation of a Marxist literary tradition. A unique compilation of principal texts in that tradition, it offers the reader new ways of reading Marxism, literature, theory, and the social possibilities of writing.
Represented in this reader are: Theodor W. Adorno, Louis Althusser, Aijaz Ahmad, Chida Amuta, Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Ernest Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Alex Callinicos, Christopher Caudwell, Terry Eagleton, Friedrich Engels, Lucien Goldmann, Fredric Jameson, V. I. Lenin, George Lukacs, Karl Marx, The Marxist-Feminist Collective, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Leon Trotsky, V. N. Volosinov, Galvano Della Volpe, Alick West, and Raymond Williams.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780631185796
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 600

Meet the Author

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow at the University of Manchester. His works include The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990) Literacy Theory: An Introduction (1983), Walter Benjamin (1981) and Marxism and Literacy Criticism (1976).

Drew Milne is a lecturer in the School of English and American Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I 1
Introduction Part II: Reading Marxist Literary Theory 16
1 Marx and Engels 30
a Marx/Engels, Social Being and Social Consciousness (1859/1845-6)
b Marx, Uneven Character of Historical Development and Questions of Art (1857-8)
c Marx, Poetry of the Future (1852)
d Engels, Against Vulgar Marxism (1890)
c Engels, On Realism (1888)
2 V. I. Lenin 42
Leo Tolstoy and His Epoch (1911)
3 Leon Trotsky 46
The Formalist School of Poetry and Marxism (1923)
4 V. N. Volosinov 60
Concerning the Relationship of the Basis and Superstructures (1929)
5 Walter Benjamin 69
a Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia (1929)
b Addendum to 'The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire' (1938)
6 Ernst Bloch 84
Marxism and Poetry (1935)
7 Christopher Caudwell 91
English Poets: The Period of Primitive Accumulation (1937)
8 Alick West 103
The Relativity of Literary Value (1937)
9 Bertolt Brecht 107
A Short Organum for the Theatre (1949)
10 Roland Barthes 136
The Tasks of Brechtian Criticism (1956)
11 Georg Lukacs 141
The Ideology of Modernism (1957)
12 Galvano Della Volpe 163
The Semantic Dialectic (1960)
13 T. W. Adorno 187
Commitment (1962)
14 Lucien Goldmann 204
Introduction to the Problems of a Sociology of the Novel (1963)
15 Jean-Paul Sartre 221
The Objective Spirit (1972)
16 Raymond Williams 242
a Tragedy and Revolution (1966)
b Literature (1977)
17 Louis Althusser 269
A Letter on Art in Reply to Andre Daspre (1966)
18 Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey 275
On Literature as an Ideological Form (1974)
19 Terry Eagleton 296
Towards a Science of the Text (1976)
20 The Marxist-Feminist Literature Collective 328
Women's Writing: Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, Aurora Leigh (1978)
21 Fredric Jameson 351
On Interpretation (1981)
22 Aijaz Ahmad 375
Jameson's Rhetoric of Otherness and the 'National Allegory' (1987)
23 Chidi Amuta 399
The Materialism of Cultural Nationalism: Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God (1989)
24 Alex Callinicos 408
The Jargon of Postmodernity (1989)
Index 429
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