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Louis Althusser : The Routledge Critical Thinkers - Luke Ferretter

Louis Althusser

The Routledge Critical Thinkers

Paperback Published: 5th October 2005
ISBN: 9780415327329
Number Of Pages: 162

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Best known for his theories of ideology and its impact on politics and culture, Louis Althusser revolutionized Marxist theory. His writing changed the face of literary and cultural studies, and continues to influence political modes of criticism such as feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory. Beginning with an introduction to the context of Marxist theory, this book goes on to explain:

* how Althusser interpreted and developed Marx's work

* the political implications of reading

* ideology and its significance for culture and criticism

* Althusser's aesthetic criticism of literature, theatre and art.

Placing Althusser's key ideas in the context of earlier Marxist thought, as well as tracing their development and impact, Luke Ferretter presents a wide-ranging yet accessible guide, ideal for those new to the work of this influential critical thinker.

Series editor's prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Why Althusser?p. 1
Key Ideasp. 9
The cornerstones: Marx and the theory of culturep. 11
The revolution in theory: Althusser's Marxismp. 27
The politics of reading: essays on interpretationp. 51
The politics of culture: essays on ideologyp. 75
Materialist aesthetics: essays on literature and artp. 95
Posthumous confessions: The Future Lasts a Long Timep. 111
After Althusserp. 123
Further Readingp. 145
Works Citedp. 155
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780415327329
ISBN-10: 0415327326
Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 5th October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1