Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

Fredric Jameson


For greater than thirty years, Fredric Jameson has been the most effective, wide-ranging, and targeted literary theorists within the usa and the Anglophone global. Marxism and shape supplied a pioneering account of the paintings of the most important eu Marxist theorists--T. W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Ernst Bloch, Georg Luk√°cs, and Jean-Paul Sartre--work that was once, on the time, principally ignored within the English-speaking global. via penetrating readings of every theorist, Jameson constructed a severe mode of engagement that has had super in.uence. He supplied a framework for interpreting the relationship among artwork and the old conditions of its making--in specific, how cultural artifacts distort, repress, or remodel their situations during the abstractions of aesthetic shape.

Jameson's presentation of the serious considered this Hegelian Marxism supplied a stark replacement to the Anglo-American culture of empiricism and humanism. it'll later offer a compelling substitute to poststructuralism and deconstruction as they grew to become dominant methodologies in aesthetic criticism.

One yr after Marxism and shape, Princeton released Jameson's The Prison-House of Language (1972), which supplied a radical historic and philosophical description of formalism and structuralism. either books stay critical to Jameson's major highbrow legacy: describing and increasing a practice of Western Marxism in cultural idea and literary interpretation.

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