Marxism and Art: Essays Classic and Contemporary

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Wayne State University Press, 1979 - Art - 649 pages

Marxism and Art is a book of basic readings in Marxist criticism and aesthetics. Maynard Solomon, through his selections and critical introductions, shows connections between the arts and society, between imagination nd history, and between art and revolution. He selects from thirty-six authors to reveal the range of opinion from dogma to heresy, beginning with excerpts from the works of Marx and Engels that are pertinent to an understanding of Marxist philosophy.

The book traverses a wide range of subjects from the origins of art to the nature of creativity, the aesthetic experience, the dialectics of consciousness, the psychology of art, and the evolution of art forms. The sources of art in ritual, in the labor process, in the play drive, and in social conflict are explored.

 

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Contents

A READER IN MARXIST AESTHETICS_SELECTED Texts
22
THE SECOND GENERATION
79
ANTONIO LABRIOLA
91
FRANZ MEHRING
99
KARL KAUTSKY
112
GEORGI PLEKHANOV
119
Rosa LUXEMBURG
144
THE BOLSHEVIKS
163
GEORGE THOMSON
342
BERTOLT BRECHT
355
THEODOR W ADORNO AND HANN EISLER
370
GEORG LUKÁCS
383
MAX RAPHAEL
420
THE TRAJECTORY OF
457
FRIEDRICH ENGELS
468
HARRY SLOCHOWER
474

LEON TROTSKY
187
NIKOLAI BUKHARIN
199
ANATOLY LUNACHARSKY
215
Zhdanovism
235
MAXIM GORKI
242
MAO TSETUNG
250
W E B DU BOIS
258
ERNST FISCHER
270
BÉLA BALÁZS
281
MIKHAIL BAKHTIN
292
CHRISTOPHER CAUDWELL
303
ALICK WEST
492
ANDRÉ BRETON
502
HERBERT MARCUSE
515
WALTER BENJAMIN
541
ANDRÉ MALRAUX
562
CONTRIBUTORS BIBLIOGRAPHIES
589
SUPPLEMENTARY READING
612
SOURCES FOR SELECTIONS
627
EDITIONS CITED
643
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Maynard Solomon is the author of Beethoven (1977) and the editor of the volume Myth, Creativity, Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Harry Slochower (1979).

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