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Is politics really downstream from culture, or vice-versa? Marxism has often been dismissed for its supposed inability to explain the world of art and culture, with its reductionistic base-superstructure model. In the era of Stalinism, writers and artists were simply branded as “bourgeois”, often with dire consequences. But Marxism also contains within it a rich tradition of cultural analysis, seeking to situate art and literature in its full social and historical context.
What are the politics of culture? Will the Revolution be televised?
Lucien Goldmann, Toward a Sociology of the Novel
Mikhail Lifshitz, “Leninist Criticism”
Raymond Williams, “Marxism and Culture”
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