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Louis Althusser : Transitions - Warren Montag

Louis Althusser


Paperback Published: 17th December 2002
ISBN: 9780333918999
Number Of Pages: 172

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The publication of Louis Althusser's autobiography, The Future Lasts Forever, shattered the myth of Althusser as austere structural Marxist. It not only illuminated the private life of this public thinker, but suggested that his previously published works could be read very differently.
Louis Althusser is the first major overview of Althusser's work since the publication in French of thousands of pages of essays, books and letters unknown before 1990, and makes a strong case for a radical reconsideration of his work in the light of this new material. Focusing particularly on Althusser's writings on art, theatre and literature (as well as those of Althusser's collaborator, Pierre Macherey), Warren Montag traces the contradictory development of Althusser's thought from the early sixties to his autobiography. Additional material includes an annotated bibliography of texts by and on Althusser, and the book also features a previously untranslated essay by the theorist on Brecht and Marx.

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'Warren Montag is in my view the most insightful and knowledgeable reader of Althusser and his circle. In this book Montag not only demonstrates the continuing relevance of Althusser's work for literary studies, but also argues convincingly that Althusser's meditations on art, literature, and theater are actually at the center of his philosophy as a whole. Montag frees Althusser's work from the old and sterile polemics about Althusserianism and shows us why it is still vital and important today.' - Michael Hardt, Duke University 'A brief yet comprehensive overview of the life and work of Althusser.' - M. A. Martinez-Saenz, Choice

General Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Towards a New Reading of Althusserp. 16
First encounters: art against ideologyp. 16
Towards a theory of the materiality of artp. 37
Macherey's interventionp. 49
Rethinking the concept of ideologyp. 61
Some Conceptsp. 72
The concept of history from Hegel to structuralismp. 72
Humanismp. 74
Ideologyp. 77
Creation/productionp. 80
Symptomatic readingp. 82
Philosophy as interventionp. 84
Readingsp. 86
Wild crowds, savage movements: Heart of Darkness and the rise of International Socialismp. 86
Robinson Crusoe and the drama of interpellationp. 102
The Future Lasts Forever: Althusser after Althusserp. 117
Conclusionp. 132
Louis Althusser "On Brecht and Marx"p. 136
A political theaterp. 137
Smothering the voice of politicsp. 140
The party positionp. 142
The end of identificationp. 144
Theater and the risk of firep. 146
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ISBN: 9780333918999
ISBN-10: 0333918991
Series: Transitions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 17th December 2002
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated