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Marxism and Form: 20th Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

By Fredric Jameson

For greater than thirty years, Fredric Jameson has been the most effective, wide-ranging, and particular literary theorists within the usa and the Anglophone global. Marxism and shape supplied a pioneering account of the paintings of the main 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 built a serious mode of engagement that has had large in.uence. He supplied a framework for studying the relationship among paintings 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 serious considered this Hegelian Marxism supplied a stark replacement to the Anglo-American culture of empiricism and humanism. it can later offer a compelling replacement 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 valuable to Jameson's major highbrow legacy: describing and increasing a convention of Western Marxism in cultural thought and literary interpretation.

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