Marxism and Form: 20th-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature

May 21, 1974|
Marxism and Form: 20th-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature by Fredric Jameson
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For more than thirty years, Fredric Jameson has been one of the most productive, wide-ranging, and distinctive literary theorists in the United States and the Anglophone world. Marxism and Form provided a pioneering account of the work of the major European Marxist theorists--T. W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Ernst Bloch, Georg Lukács, and Jean-Paul Sartre--work that was, at the time, largely neglected in the English-speaking world. Through penetrating readings of each theorist, Jameson developed a critical mode of engagement that has had tremendous in.uence. He provided a framework for analyzing the connection between art and the historical circumstances of its making--in particular, how cultural artifacts distort, repress, or transform their circumstances through the abstractions of aesthetic form.

Jameson''s presentation of the critical thought of this Hegelian Marxism provided a stark alternative to the Anglo-American tradition of empiricism and humanism. It would later provide a compelling alternative to poststructuralism and deconstruction as they became dominant methodologies in aesthetic criticism.

One year after Marxism and Form, Princeton published Jameson''sThe Prison-House of Language(1972), which provided a thorough historical and philosophical description of formalism and structuralism. Both books remain central to Jameson''s main intellectual legacy: describing and extending a tradition of Western Marxism in cultural theory and literary interpretation.

Title:Marxism and Form: 20th-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature
Product dimensions:432 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:432 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0 in
Published:May 21, 1974
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780691013114

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