marxist literary criticsm field list


by Myka Abramson for MLG-ICS list

Foundational Texts
Cesaire, Aime. Discourse on Colonialism. Monthly Review, 1996.
Engels, Fredrich Origin of the Family, Private Property, and State UK: Resistance Books, 2004
“The Great Towns” The Condition of the Working-Class. US: Penguin Books, 1987. (1887)
Fanon, Frantz. Wretched of the Earth. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press, 1967.
Luxemburg, Rosa “The Problem of Reproduction” “Historical Conditions of Accumulation” “The Historical Conditions of Accumulation” The Accumulation of Capital Trans. Agnes Schwarzschild. UK: Routledge, 2003.
Marx, Karl Capital Vol 1. Trans. Ben Fowkes. Toronto: Vintage Books, 1977.
–Communist Manifesto UK: Penguin Classics, 2002
–“Alienation” “Jewish Question” “German Ideology,” “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts” Karl Marx Selected Writings. Ed. David McLellan. England: Oxford UP, 1977

Mapping the Stages of Capitalism

Arrighi, Giovanni. “selections” The Long Twentieth Century. London: Verso, 1994.
Commondante Marcos. Shadows of Tender Fury: Letters and Communiques of Subcomandante Marcos MR Press, 2007.
Galeano, Eduardo. Days and Nights of Love and War. England: MR Press, 2003.
Harvey, David. Spaces of Hope. California: UC Press, 2000.
–The Condition of Postmodernity. Cambridge: Blackwell, 1989.
Lenin, Vladimir. Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. US:Penguin, 1981.
Mandel, Ernest Late Capitalism. New York: Humanities Press, 1975
Polyani, Karl. The Great Transformation. USA: Reinhart & Co, 1957.
Perelman, Michael. The Invention of Capitalism. Durham: Duke, 2000.
Wallerstein, Immanuel. Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civililization
Williams, Raymond. Country and the City. Oxford: Oxford University Press US, 1975

Rethinking the Role of the State and Law

Agamben. G., Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, Heller-Roazen, D. (Translator) Chicago: University of Chicago, 1998.
Balibar, Etienne, and Wallerstein, Immauel. Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities. London: Verso, 1991.
Bhabha, Homi. “DissemiNation: Time, Narrative, and the margins of the modern nation”, “How newness enters the world: postmodern space, postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation” The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Chatterjee, Partha. The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postoclonial Histories. Princeton: Princeton
UP, 1993.
Focault, Michael. Discipline and Punish. New York: Vintage, 1997.
–The Birth of Biopolitics. Trans. Graham Burchell. Great Britain: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008
Hardt and Negri: “The Political Constitution of the Present” , “Sovereignty of the Nation State”, “Imperial Sovereignty”, “The Decline and Fall of Empire”  Empire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Sharma, Nandita Rani. Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.
Taussig, Michael. The Magic of the State. New York: Routledge, 1997.
Thobani, Sunera. Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.
Williams, Patricia. Alchemy of Race and Rights. Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Determinations: Culture and Capitalism

Adorno: “Negative Dialectics and the Possibility of Philosophy”  “Art, Culture, and Society” , “Criticism” The Adorno Reader Ed. Brian O’Connor. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2000.
–Minima Moralia. UK: Verso, 2005.
–‘The Position of the Narrator in the Contemporary Novel’, in Adorno, Notes to Literature: Volume One, ed. by Rolf Tiedemann (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), 30-36.
Althusser, Louis. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation). New
York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1971.
–“The Object of Capital” in Reading Capital. Trans. Ben Brewster. London: Verso, 1979.
–“Contradiction and Overdetermination” New Left Review I/41, January-February 1967.
Bannerji, Himani. The Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Gender. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., 2000.
Baudrillard, Jean.  For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign. Britain: Telos Press, 1972
Benjamin, Walter. “Mechanical reproduction” (1936) “Theses on History” (1940) Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings Volume 2, Part 2, 1931-4. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2005.
Bloch, Ernst. The Spirit of Utopia.
Brennan, Timothy. At Home in The World. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1997.
Buck-Morss, Susan The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the
Frankfurt Institute. NY: Free Press, 1977.
Churchill, Ward. Fantasies of the Master Race.
Debord, Guy. Society of the Spectacle. Translated by Ken Knabb. USA: Rebel Press, 2006.
Gramsci, Antonio. The Prison Notebooks. New ork: Columbia University Press, 1992. [selected excerpts]
Hall, Stuart Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. UK: Sage Publications, 1997.
“Marxism without Guarantees” Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 10, No. 2, 28-44, 1986.
Horkheimer, Max and Adorno, Theodor. Dialectic of Enlightenment “The Culture Industry” California: U of Stanford Press, 2002.
Jay, Martin. The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-1950. California: University of California Press, 1996.
Kipnis, Laura. Ecstasy Unlimited: On Sex, Capital, Gender, and Aesthetics. Minnesota, U of Minnesota
Press, 1993
Laclau and Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. UK: Verso, 1985.
McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. UK: Routledge, 1995.
Meszaros, Istvan. Philosophy, Ideology & Social Science.
Said, Edward Culture and Imperialism. U.S. Vintage Books, 1994
Spivak, Gayatri. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Thompson, E. P. Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism. Past and Present. 38:56-97, 1967.

Theories of Reading: Marxist Interventions into Literary Criticism, or Lessons into How to Read Literature

Ahmad, Aijaz In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literature. London, Verso, 2000.
M.M. Bakhtin. “Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel” The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays by M.M. Bakhtin, trans. Caryl Emerson & Michael Holquist, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1981. (1975)
Brecht “The Popular and the Realistic” in Brecht on Theatre. Trans. John Willett. New York: Hill and Wang, 1964. (1938)
Dawahare, Anthony. Nationalism, Marxism, and African American Literature Between the Wars: A New Pandora’s Box. Mississippi: U.P of Mississippi, 2002
Eagleton. The Ideology of the Aesthetic UK: Blackwell Publishing, 1990
–Literary Theory: An Introduction Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 1996
Hitchcock, Peter. Imaginary States: Studies in Cultural Transnationalism. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2003.
James, C.L.R Mariners, Renegades and Castaways: The Story of Herman Melville and the World We Live In. London: UPNE, 2001. (1953)
Jameson, Fredric. Marxism and Form: 20th Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. Princeton: Princteton UP, 1974.
–“The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.
–The Political Unconscious. Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1981. Lesjak, Carolyn. Working Fictions. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
Lukacs, Georg. Theory of the Novel. Trans. Anna Bostock. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1982. (1916)
Macherey, Pierre. A Theory of Literary Production. Trans Geoffery Wall. UK:Routlede, 2006. (1966)
Markels, Julian. The Marxian Imagination. UK: Monthly Review, 2003.
Moretti, Franco. The Way of the World: Bildungsroman in European Culture.  UK: Verso, 2000.
— Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History. London: Verso, 2005
Ranciere, Jacques. The Future of the Image. UK Verso, 2007.
Spencer, Nicholas.  The Rise of Critical Space in 20th Century American Literature. USA: U of Nebraska, 2008.
Williams, Raymond Marxism and Literature Oxford University Press, 1977.
Zizek, Slavoj The Sublime Object of Ideology. London: Verso Books, 1989.


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