The Dematerialisation Of Karl Marx

Author: Leonard Jackson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317898281
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The Dematerialisation Of Karl Marx from the Author: Leonard Jackson. This volume constitutes both an attack on modern left wing literary theory - the main product of the last Marxist renaissance in the past thirty years - and a defence of the one element of Marxism which, in the general collapse, modern theorists have been happiest to lose, its economic materialism. It traces Marxist theory from its beginnings in Hegelian idealism to its end in Althusser's structuralism, and concludes that while Marxist economics will not work, and the type of revolution prophesied was fantasy, the principle of historical materialism remains intact and defensible. This will be a key text in literary and cultural studies as well as being of interest to students on philosophy and sociology courses.

Marxism And Media Studies

Author: Mike Wayne
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745319131
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Marxism And Media Studies from the Author: Mike Wayne. Although media studies is a popular academic discipline, there are remarkably few books that analyse it from a specifically Marxist perspective. Mike Wayne's book is ideal for all students of media studies who are interested in bringing a radical political methodology to bear on their work. He presents an accessible guide to key Marxist concepts and shows how to apply them to contemporary cultural analysis.Drawing on Marx, Lukacs, Gramsci, Habermas, Jameson and other writers, this book provides a comprehensive exposition of the key concepts required for a Marxist analysis of the media and current cultural trends. Retooling and redeeming such concepts as class, mode of production, culture industries, the state, base-superstructure, ideology, hegemony, knowledge and social interests, and commodity fetishism, this book ranges across film, television, the internet and print media. The analysis is carefully grounded in case studies ranging from digital file swapping to Disney, from reality TV show Big Brother to the spirits and spectres in such films as The Others, The Devil's Backbone and Dark City, which illuminate the fetishisms of culture and society under capital.Exploring the relevance of each concept to understanding the media, Wayne explains why Marxism is an important critical methodology for the media student to engage with. He foregrounds the theoretical and political shifts that have led to its marginalisation in recent years, and highlights how and why these trends are changing as once more, people return to Marx and Marxism to understand the world around them.

Only In The Common People

Author: Paul Long
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN:
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Only In The Common People from the Author: Paul Long. "corrupt and moronic though the common people are seemingly becoming ... only in the common people can the true work be rooted, the true tradition rediscovered and re-informed" Charles Parker, BBC Radio Producer 1959. In 1958, in his best-selling book Culture and Society, Raymond Williams identified working-class culture as 'a key issue in our own time'. Why this happened and how this subject was thought about and acted upon is the focus of this book. Paul Long investigates a variety of projects and practices that were designed to describe, validate, reclaim, rejuvenate or generate 'authentic' working-class culture as part of the re-imagining of Britishness in the context of the post-war settlement. Detailed case studies cover the wartime cultural activities of CEMA - the forerunner of the Arts Council - the Folk Revival, the impact of Richard Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy, broadcasting and the radio work of Charles Parker, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, the roots of modern arts festivals in Arnold Wesker's Centre 42 project as well as the impact of progressive education on children's writing and the politics of the English language. 'Only in the Common People: The Aesthetics of Class in Post-War Britain' examines the assumptions, idealism and prejudices behind these projects and the terms of class as 'the preoccupation of a generation'. This approach offers a historicisation of the broader ideas and debates that informed the development of the New Left and British social history and cultural theory, offering an understanding of the rise of respect for 'the common man'.

The New Hegemony In Literary Studies

Author: Anthony Channell Hilfer
Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780810119529
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The New Hegemony In Literary Studies from the Author: Anthony Channell Hilfer. A critique reveals the logical flaws that joins--and compromises--all the major recent modes of criticism that operate udner the rubric of Theory.

Shakespeare Minus Theory

Author: Thomas McAlindon
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN:
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Shakespeare Minus Theory from the Author: Thomas McAlindon. Demonstrating and defending a method of close reading and historical contextualisation of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, this collection of essays by Tom McAlindon combines a number of previously published pieces with original studies. The volume includes six interpretative studies, all but one of which involve challenges to radical readings of the plays involved, including Henry V, Coriolanus, The Tempest, and Doctor Faustus. The other three essays are critiques of the claims and methods of radical, postmodernist criticism (new historicism and cultural materialism especially); they illustrate the author's conviction that some leading scholars in the field of Renaissance literature and drama, who deserve credit for shifting attention to new areas of interest, must also be charged with responsibility for a marked decline in standards of analysis, interpretation, and argument. Likely to provoke considerable debate, this stimulating collection is an important contribution to Shakespeare studies.

Critical Theory Since Plato

Author: Hazard Adams
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780155055049
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Critical Theory Since Plato from the Author: Hazard Adams. CRITICAL THEORY SINCE PLATO is a chronologically-arranged anthology that presents a broad survey of the history and development of literary criticism and theory in Western culture. Written by two well-known scholars in the field of literary study, this well-respected text puts an emphasis on the individual contributors to the development of literary criticism, from Plato and Aristotle to the present.