In this guide to cultural criticism, Arthur Asa Berger presents complex concepts in jargon-free language, making the book an ideal introductory text. It covers the key theorists, concepts, and subject areas, from literary, sociological and psychoanalytical theories of semiotics and Marxism. Berger brings cultural criticism to life by making these theories relevant to see students' lives. Illustrating his explanations with excerpts from classic works, Berger gives readers a sense of the style of important thinkers and helps place them in context. There is an extensive bibliography which will be an invaluable resource for those who wish to explore the topics in greater depth.
Chapter 3: Marxism and Cultural Criticism
Marxism and Cultural Criticism
Before I begin this discussion of Marxist theory, I should point out that Marxism is not monolithic, and neither is Marxist criticism. There are a number of different schools of Marxist critics, and all of them base their criticism on varying and sometimes conflicting interpretations of Marx's theories and how they can be applied to analyzing culture in general and, more specifically, literary texts, works of elite culture, popular culture, and the mass media.
Even though Marxism generally has been discredited as an economic theory and as a political philosophy (as recent events in Eastern Europe and what used to be called the Soviet Union suggest), Marxism still informs the work and dominates the thinking of large numbers of ...