Bibliographic Details

Marxist literary criticism today / Barbara Foley.

Author / Creator Foley, Barbara (Barbara C.), author.
Imprint London : Pluto Press, 2019.
Description xviii, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Language English
Subject Marxist criticism.
Literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Literature -- Theory, etc.
Marxist criticism.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 0745338844
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-247) and index.
Other form Ebook version : 9781786804129
Review by Choice Review

This compact study offers an excellent and indispensable introduction to Marxist literary criticism. Foley (Rutgers Univ.) has organized the book in two sections: "Marxism" and "Literature." Part 1 comprises three chapters ("Historical Materialism," "Political Economy," and "Ideology"), in these Foley provides theoretical information about central Marxist concepts essential to literarys\ criticism. The second part, also three chapters ("Literature and Literary Criticism," "Marxist Literary Criticism," and "Marxist Pedagogy"), provides the means for putting Marxist theory into practice for the study of literature. The first part also includes a number of boxed sidebars that explore fundamental issues, such as the difference between chattel and free labor and the relationship of surplus value to profit. Throughout the book, Foley provides elegant and comprehensible descriptions of complicated concepts while highlighting the tensions at play between the sources. Readers without any experience with Marxist theory will appreciate the author's clear explanations; those more familiar with Marxism will likely glean something of value, given the author's ability to bypass the noise and focus on the vital elements of the topic. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --Jeffrey W. Miller, Gonzaga University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review