Marxism and Form: 20th Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

Marxism and Form: 20th Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

Fredric Jameson


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

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

One 12 months after Marxism and shape, Princeton released Jameson's The Prison-House of Language (1972), which supplied an intensive old and philosophical description of formalism and structuralism. either books stay crucial to Jameson's major highbrow legacy: describing and lengthening a practice of Western Marxism in cultural thought and literary interpretation.

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