Class Structure in the Social Consciousness
This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.
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One of the most important books of the 20th Century, it was written in the Post Stalin thaw to address the question that particularly vexed the Marxist Leninist intellectual of that era, as to why given the "historic inevitability" of Communism, was the most advanced Country in the world (the USA), so implacably the nation most fervently opposed to Communism. Written in often turgid Marxian prose (to no doubt attest to impeccable Marxian credentials if anti Marxian conclusions), this book deftly destroys the historic inevitability of Communism in unassailble Marxian terms.
The concept of intellectual capital is introduced to explain wage differentials, with the "rent" received from such capital providing the increments. An advanced society thus has a highly skilled and varied workforce, that also happens through their ownership of "intellectual capital" to be politically and sociologically "Petit Bougeois". Thus America is naturally individualist and opposed to Communism. The East Bloc in contrastcan only develop economically at the risk of diminishing the sociological forces with an interest in the Communist system. This is a very important and brave book.