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Marxism and Literature : Marxist Introductions - Raymond Williams

Marxism and Literature

Marxist Introductions

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Published: 10th November 1977
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This book extends the theme of Raymond Williams's earlier work in literary and cultural analysis. He analyzes previous contributions to a Marxist theory of literature from Marx himself to Lukacs, Althusser, and Goldmann, and develops his own approach by outlining a theory of `cultural materialism' which integrates Marxist theories of language with Marxist theories of literature.

Williams moves from a review of the growth of the concepts of literature and idealogy to a redefinition of `determinism' and `hegemony'. His incisive discussion of the 'social material process' of cultural activity culminates in a re-examination of the problems of alignment and commitment and of the creative practice in individual authors and wider social groups.

'Williams has brought his authority and experience, established by his immense critical achievement, into the Marxist tradition.' Anthony Barnett, New Society The exploration and integrations which this book makes will bring a major pressure to bear on academic literary criticism and its institutions. John Sutherland, New Statesman

Introductionp. 1
Basic Conceptsp. 9
Culturep. 11
Languagep. 21
Literaturep. 45
Ideologyp. 55
Cultural Theoryp. 73
Base and Superstructurep. 75
Determinationp. 83
Productive Forcesp. 90
from Reflection to Mediationp. 95
Typification and Homologyp. 101
Hegemonyp. 108
Traditions, Institutions, and Formationsp. 115
Dominant, Residual, and Emergentp. 121
Structures of Feelingp. 128
the Sociology of Culturep. 136
Literary Theoryp. 143
the Multiplicity of Writingp. 145
Aesthetic and Other Situationsp. 151
from Medium to Social Practicep. 158
Signs and Notationsp. 165
Conventionsp. 173
Genresp. 180
Formsp. 186
Authorsp. 192
Alignment and Commitmentp. 199
Creative Practicep. 206
Booklist and Abbreviationsp. 213
Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9780198760610
ISBN-10: 0198760612
Series: Marxist Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 10th November 1977
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.23