Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick. Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, edited by Lee Baxandall and Stefan Morawski, with introduction by Stefan Morawski. St. Louis; Milwaukee: Telos Press, 1973.
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Introduction [to the Critique of Political Economy]: section 4: Means (forces) of production and relations of production, relations of production and relations of circulation, translated by Martin Nicolaus, in Grundrisse: Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy (New York: Vintage Books; Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books, 1973), section 4, pp. 109-111.
Introduction to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, in A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, translated by S. W. Ryazanskaya (Moscow: Progress Publishers). Also included in The German Ideology [abridged], edited and with Introduction by C. J. Arthur (New York: International Publishers, 1970), pp. 149-151.
Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick. On Literature and Art. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1976.
Baxandall, Lee, ed. Radical Perspectives in the Arts. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1972.
Foreword / Lee Baxandall
Introductory: culture is not neutral, whom does it serve? / Meredith Tax
The arts and capitalism. The deserters: the contemporary defeat of fiction / Carl Oglesby
Art in the one-dimensional society / Herbert Marcuse
The mirror and the dynamo / Darko Suvin
The intellectual physiognomy of literary characters / Georg Lukács
Prometheus Unbound / Carlos Fuentes
The progressive tradition in bourgeois culture / Arnold Kettle
Aime Cesaire's A Tempest / S. Belhassen
The misreading of Milton / John Illo
The arts and socialism. Involved writers in the world / Stefan Heym
Socialism and literature / Jorge Semprun
Budapest interview / Roger Garaudy
Problems of socialist art / John Berger
Symposium on the question of decadence / Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernst Fischer, Edouard Goldstucker, Milan Kundera
Of socialist realism / Cultural Theory Panel attached to the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party
Words to the intellectuals / Fidel Castro
The future of culture: the 'end' of 'culture'? Culture, property and theatre / Hans Mayer
What is a work of art? / Stefan Morawski
Spectacles and scenarios: a dramaturgy of radical activity / Lee Baxandall
Beaumont, Matthew; Hemingway, Andrew; Leslie, Esther; Roberts, John; eds. As Radical as Reality Itself: Essays on Marxism and Art for the 21st Century. Oxford; New York: Peter Lang, 2007.
Matthew Beaumont: Preface
John Roberts: Marxism and Art Theory: A Short Conspectus
Andrew Hemingway: Marxist Art History Now
Esther Leslie: Marxism Against Cultural Studies
Satish Padiyar: Shadow of Agency: Derrida, Marx, David
Mary K. Coffey: Representation, Institutionalization, and the State: Marxist and Post-Structural Approaches to Mexican Muralism and the Popular
Paul Jaskot: Marxism and the Built Environment in the Twenty-First Century: Millennium Park in Chicago and the Question of Private and Public Space
Christina Kiaer: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism as a Model of Aesthetic Value
Jutta Held: Work as an Artistic Motif: Theoretical and Pictorial Models from the DDR: An Historical Sketch
Wojciech Tomasik: I Demolish Moscow! Acts of Symbolic Destruction in the Post-Communist Period
Anselm Jappe: Were the Situationists the Last Avant-Garde?
Peter Smith: Never Work! The Situationists and the Politics of Negation
Frances Stracey: Consuming the Spectacle: The Watts Revolt and a New Proletariat
David Cunningham: Architecture in the Age of Global Modernity: Tafuri, Jameson and Enclave Theory
Barry King: Modularity and the Aesthetics of Self-Commodification
Drew Milne: Processual Performance: Critical Notes on Adorno’s Autonomous Artwork
Ben Watson: The Theory of Value in Marx and Adorno
Rasheed Araeen: Globalization, Cultural Difference, and the Alternative to the Crisis of Art Today
Geoff Cox: Sub Disorder(). After ‘The Author as Producer’
Gregory Sholette: Dark Matter, Activist Art and the Counter-Public Sphere.
Craig, David, ed. Marxists on Literature: An Anthology. Harmondsworth, England; Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1975.
1. Speech and Thought 25
2. The Art of Poetry 47
3. On the Social Basis of Style 76
4. English Poets: (1) The Period of Primitive Accumulation 95
G. M. MATTHEWS
5. Othello and the Dignity of Man 110
6. Towards Laws of Literary Development 134
V. G. KIERNAN
7. Wordsworth and the People 161
8. Letter to Lassalle (19 April 1859) 207
9. Letter to Lassalle (18 May 1859) 210
10. Dickens and the Popular Tradition 214
11. Aesthetic Problems of the Development of the Proletarian-Revolutionary Novel in Nineteenth- Century Britain 245
12. Letter to Minna Kautsky (26 November 1885) 267
13. Letter to Margaret Harkness (April 1888) 269
14. On ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ 272
15. Tolstoy and the Development of Realism 282
V. I. LENIN
16. Articles on Tolstoy 346
17. The Formalist School of Poetry and Marxism 363
18. Franz Kafka or Thomas Mann? 380
19. Some Thoughts on our New Literature 395
20. A Glance at Shanghai Literature 400
21. Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction 412
22. The Popular and the Realistic 421
23. On Rhymeless Verse with Irregular Rhythms 429
24. The Writer’s Conscience 435
25. What is ‘Littérature Engagé’ 445
26. The Loss and Discovery of Reality 486
A. A. ZHDANOV
From Report on the Journals Zvezda and Leningrad, 1947 514
Extracts from the Resolution Adopted by the Central Committee of the French Communist Party, 1966 527
Eagleton, Terry; Mile, Drew; eds. Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
Terry Eagleton 1
Introduction Part I
Drew Milne 16
Introduction Part II: Reading Marxist Literary Theory
1 Marx and Engels 30
a) Marx/ Engels, Social Being and Social Consciousness (1859/1845-6)
b) Marx, Uneven Character of Historical Development and Questions of Art (1857-8)
c) Marx, Poetry of the Future (1852)
d) Engels, Against Vulgar Marxism (1890)
e) Engels, On Realism (1888)
2 V. I. Lenin 42
Leo Tolstoy and His Epoch (1911)
3 Leon Trotsky 46
The Formalist School of Poetry and Marxism (1923)
4 V. N. Vološinov 60
Concerning the Relationship of the Basis and Superstructures (1929)
5 Walter Benjamin 69
a) Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia (1929)
b) Addendum to ‘The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire’ (1938)
6 Ernst Bloch 84
Marxism and Poetry (1935)
7 Christopher Caudwell 91
English Poets: The Period of Primitive Accumulation (1937)
8 Alick West 103
The Relativity of Literary Value (1937)
9 Bertolt Brecht 107
A Short Organum for the Theatre (1949)
10 Roland Barthes 136
The Tasks of Brcchtian Criticism (1956)
11 Georg Lukacs 141
The Ideology of Modernism (1957)
12 Galvano Della Volpe 163
The Semantic Dialectic (1960)
13 T. W. Adorno 187
14 Lucien Goldmann 204
Introduction to the Problems of a Sociology of the Novel (1963)
15 Jean-Paul Sartre 221
The Objective Spirit (1972)
16 Raymond Williams 242
a) Tragedy and Revolution (1966)
b) Literature (1977)
17 Louis Althusser 269
A Letter on Art in Reply to André Daspre (1966)
18 Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey 275
On Literature as an Ideological Form (1974)
19 Terry Eagleton 296
Towards a Science of the Text (1976)
20 The Marxist-Feminist Literature Collective 328
Women’s Writing: Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, Aurora Leigh (1978)
21 Fredric Jameson 351
On Interpretation (1981)
22 Aijaz Ahmad 375
Jameson’s Rhetoric of Othemess and the ‘National Allegory’ (1987)
23 Chidi Amuta 399
The Materialism of Cultural Nationalism: Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God (1989)
24 Alex Callinicos 408
The Jargon of Postmodernity (1989)
Hemingway, Andrew, ed. Marxism and the History of Art: From William Morris to the New Left. London; Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press, 2006.
Series Preface ix
1. William Morris: Decoration and Materialism 9
2. Mikhail Lifshits: A Marxist Conservative 28
3. Frederick Antal 45
4. Art as Social Consciousness: Francis Klingender and British Art 67
5. Max Raphael: Aesthetics and Politics 89
6. Walter Benjamin’s Essay on Eduard Fuchs: An Art-Historical Perspective 106
Frederic J. Schwartz
7. Meyer Schapiro: Marxism, Science and Art 123
8. Henri Lefebvre and the Moment of the Aesthetic 143
Marc James Léger
9. Arnold Hauser, Adorno, Lukács and the Ideal Spectator 161
10. New Left Art History’s International 175
11. New Left Art History and Fascism in Germany 196
12. The Turn from Marx to Warburg in West German Art History, 1968–90 213
Otto Karl Werckmeister
Notes on Contributors 221
Kulikova, I[rina Sergeevna]; Zis, A.; eds. Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics and Life: A Collection of Articles. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1976.
Aesthetics and actuality
The method of socialist realism
Aesthetics and the personality
Lang, Berel; Williams, Forrest; eds. Marxism and Art: Writings in Aesthetics and Criticism. New York: McKay, 1972.
Property and alienation ; Production and consumption / Karl Marx
Real men and human ideas / K. Marx and Friedrich Engels
Realism and didacticism / F. Engels
Party organization and party literature / V.I. Lenin
Proletarian culture and proletarian art / Leon Trotsky
Marxism in linguistics / Josef Stalin
On art for art’s sake / Gyorgii Plekhanov
Art and social evolution / N.I. Bukharin
On literature and art ; On the correct handling of contradictions among the people / Mao Tse-tung
What is aesthetics? / G.A. Nedozchiwin
The origins of art / Ernst Fischer
Materialism and art / Umberto Barbaro
Theoretical issues of a Marxist poetics / Galvano della Volpe
Beauty and bourgeois aesthetics / Christopher Caudwell
The artist and his conscience / Jean-Paul Sartre
On socialist realism / Bertolt Brecht
Art as self-consciousness in Man’s development / Gyorgy Lukács
Genetic-structuralist method in history of literature / Lucien Goldmann
Remarks on the method of art history / Frederick Antal
Sociology of art / Arnold Hauser
The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction / Walter Benjamin
The organization of the arts / C. Caudwell
Theatre for pleasure and theatre for instruction / B. Brecht
After Aeschylus / George D. Thomson
A dialectical approach to film form / Sergei Eisenstein
The historical novel of democratic humanism / G. Lukács
Alienation as the key to mannerism / Arnold Hauser
Feudalism and The Dream of the red chamber / Hsu Min
On non-objective painting / B. Brecht
Politics and the English language / George Orwell
Charles Dickens / Franz Mehring
My lady’s visit / Jan Kott
Study of the first scene of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus / B. Brecht
LeRoy, Gaylord C.; Beitz, Ursula; eds. Preserve and Create: Essays in Marxist Literary Criticism. New York: Humanities Press, 1973. (AIMS monograph series; no. 4.)
I. Current Directions
Lukacs, G. Appearance and essence.
Petrov, S. Realism, the generally human.
Weimann, R. Past significance and present meaning in literary history.
Weimann, R. Point of view in fiction.
Gay, N. K. Truth in art and truth in life.
II. Late Capitalism and the Humanist Image
Mittenzwei, W. Contemporary drama in the West.
Zhantieva, B. G. Joyce's Ulysses (138-172).
III. The Arts and the Perspectives of Socialism
Pracht, E. and Neubert, W. Partisanship.
Mittenzwei, W. The Brecht-Lukács debate.
Pracht, E. Socialist realism.
Simons, E. Socialist realism: development of the theory in the German Democratic Republic since 1955.
Rudich, Norman, ed. Weapons of Criticism: Marxism in America and the Literary Tradition. Palo Alto, CA: Ramparts Press, 1976.
Rudich, N. Preface.
Rudich, N. Introduction.
Part I: Criticism in history:
1. Jameson, F. Criticism in history.
2. Finkelstein, S. Beauty and truth.
3. LeRoy, G.C. Literary study and political activism.
4. Stratman, D.G. Culture and the tasks of criticism.
5. Baxandall, L. Literature and ideology.
6. Robinson, L.S. Criticism and self-criticism.
7. San Juan, E., Jr. Art against imperialism, for the national liberation struggle of Third World peoples.
Part II: Literature in history:
8. Siegel, P.N. Falstaff and his social milieu.
9. Delany, S. Sex and politics in Pope’s “Rape of the lock.”
10. Whitehead, F. William Blake and radical tradition.
11. Rudich, N. Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.”
12. Rudich, L. Balzac and Marx.
13. Harap, L. Poe and Dostoevsky.
14. Franklin, H.B. Herman Melville, artist of the worker’s world.
15. Rubinstein, A.T. Henry James, American novelist; or, Isabel Archer, Emerson’s grand-daughter.
16. Zelnick, S. The incest theme in The Great Gatsby.
17. Suvin, D. Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and Marxist figuralism.
18. Fuyet, Herve & Nicole; Levilain, Guy & Mary. Decolonization and social classes in The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aime Cesaire.
la Los 200
Ib Daughters of Los
II Jerusalem, Pl.
III Illustration by Fred Ellis
IV Nelson Guiding Leviathan
V October, 1917-1920
VI The Red Plowman
Solomon, Maynard, comp.
and Art: Essays Classic and Contemporary, selected and with
historical and critical commentary. New York: Vintage Books, 1973.
Section One: Marx and Engels:
General introduction: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
A reader in Marxist aesthetics – selected texts:
The prerequisites of history
Forms of consciousness
Revolution and utopia
Art and society
Section Two: The second generation:
Art, labor and socialism
Forms of consciousness
A note on taste
Lessing and the drama
Art and the conception of God in ancient Israel
The role of the individual in history
Art and social life
Labor, play and art
On Russian literature
Stagnation and progress of Marxism
Section Three: The Bolsheviks:
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin:
Leo Tolstoy as the mirror of the Russian revolution
Leo Tolstoy and his epoch
Party organization and party literature
On the question of dialectics
Art and the party
Creativity and class
Art and class
What is art?
Section Four: Zhdanovism:
General introduction: Zhdanovism
Art and myth
The Tolstoyan view of art
Literature and revolution
The novel and realit
W.E.B. Du Bois:
The nature of intellectual freedom
Section Five: The return of Marxist humanism:
Marxism and modern culture
Art as humanization
The visible man
The face of man;
Laughter and freedom
Section Six: The sources and function of art:
Illusion and reality
Pity and fear
Improvisation and inspiration
Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler
The sociology of the musician
Eye, Ear and the function of music
Music and film
The ideology of modernism
Shakespeare and historicism
Introduction to a monograph on aesthetics
The elements of the Paleolithic world
Notes on the nature of art
Rembrandt: “Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams”
Art, opiate, transcendence
Section Seven: The trajectory of art:
General introduction: Marxism and utopia
The overthrow of the matriarchy
Literature and society
Malraux – Man’s Fate
Existentialism and myth
Surrealism and historical materialism
Action and dream
The cultural heritage
The images of Orpheus and Narcissus
A note on dialectic
Fairy-tale and myth
Dialectics and dream
The work of art in the Age of mechanical reproduction
Louis-Philippe, or, The interior
Three theses on the philosophy of history
The work of art
On The Threepenny Opera;
The meaning of utopia;
Utopia in archetypes and works of art
Sources for Selections
Marx and Engels: Editions Cited
Index follows page 650
Baxandall, Lee. Marxism and Aesthetics: A Selective Annotated Bibliography; Books and Articles in the English Language. New York: Humanities Press, 1968.
Bullock, Chris; Peck, David R. Guide to Marxist Literary Criticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.
Peck, David R. American Marxist Literary Criticism, 1926-1941: A Bibliography. New York: American Institute for Marxist Studies, 1975.
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Literary Criticism: Marxists Internet Archive
Note: Except for Marx and Engels, anthologies of writings of single authors are not included here.
Marx, Literature, and the Arts: Select Bibliography
British Marxism in
Philosophy, Science, and Culture Before the New Left:
Essential Historical Surveys
Evald Ilyenkov & Mikhail Lifshits:
Aesthetics, Symbolic Mediation, & the Ideal:
‘World Literature’: A Bibliography
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