Marxist Criticism Criticism: Cultural And Literary Marxist Theory - Essay

George Bisztray (essay date 1977)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bisztray, George. “Marxism and the Pluralism of Critical Methods.” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 26 (1977): 10-16.

[In the following essay, Bisztray outlines the dialectical methods used by Marxist critics as an underlying criterion for the Marxist perspective in literary interpreation.]

We are told that we live in an era of pluralism of literary methods. Today, in German literary scholarship, Methodenpluralismus is a fashionable term, which has already inspired a number of studies and anthologies. Jost Hermand's pioneering Synthetisches Interpretieren (1968) was followed by several similar investigations.1 In...

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Michael Ryan (essay date winter 1983)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ryan, Michael. “Literary Criticism and Cultural Science: Transformations in the Dominant Paradigm of Literary Study.” North Dakoka Quarterly 51, no. 1 (winter 1983): 100-12.

[In the following essay, Ryan examines the expansion of traditional literary criticism to include politicization, attributing this change to the renewal of Marxist study in the West.]

Literary criticism is being transformed; it is becoming at once more broad in subject matter or scope and more pointed in its political tone and purpose. Radical and Marxist critics like Raymond Williams, Fredric Jameson, Edward Said, and Tony Bennett increasingly depart from the traditional canon of...

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Dennis Dworkin (essay date 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Dworkin, Dennis. “Culture Is Ordinary.” In Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain: History, the New Left, and the Origins of Cultural Studies, pp. 79-124. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, Dworkin provides an overview of cultural Marxism in Britain, focusing particularly on the works of Raymond Williams.]

One of the most far-reaching consequences of the New Left experience was the pivotal role it played in creating cultural Marxism in Britain. British cultural Marxism grew out of the effort to generate a socialist understanding of postwar Britain, to grasp the significance of working-class affluence, consumer capitalism,...

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Gordon Graham (essay date April 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Graham, Gordon. “Lukács and Realism after Marx.” British Journal of Aesthetics 38, no. 2 (April 1998): 198-207.

[In the following essay, Graham attempts to analyze Georg Lukács' theory of literary realism in light of the fact that the Marxist theory on which it was based is no longer viable.]

To the memory of Mark Goodman


The purpose of this paper is to explore the following question. What, if anything, can be retained of Lukács's defence of literary realism if we suppose (as there is reason to) that the Marxist theory to which it was so closely allied is...

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