Marxism and Literary Criticism

Marxism and Literary Criticism

Marxism and Literary Criticism

Marxism and Literary Criticism

Synopsis

Is Marx relevant any more? Why should we care what he wrote? What difference could it make to our reading of literature? Terry Eagleton, one of the foremost critics of our generation, has some answers in this wonderfully clear and readable analysis. Sharp and concise, it is, without doubt, the most important work on literary criticism that has emerged out of the tradition of Marxist philosophy and social theory since the nineteenth century.

Excerpt

This book was first published in 1976, just as Western history was on the turn. Although I could not have known it at the time, an era of political radicalism was just about to slide into one of political reaction. Marxism and Literary Criticism emerged from the ferment of revolutionary ideas which lasted from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. But with the oil crisis of the early 1970s, which is perhaps when that mythological entity known as the Sixties finally ground to a halt, Western economies were already plunging steeply into recession; and that economic crisis, which in Britain was to result in the root-and-branch restructuring of Western capitalism known as Thatcherism, brought in its wake a virulent assault on the labour movement, social welfare, democracy, working-class living standards and socialist ideas. In the United States, a dim-witted third-rate ex-actor of primitive right-wing opinions moved into the White

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