Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics & Ideology in the Theory of Historical Materialism

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August 1996



This book sets out to clarify the nature of the aesthetic as a category within the theory of historical materialism. It opens with an analysis of Marx's brief discussion of Greek art in the Grundrisse, moves through a series of readings of specifically bourgeois texts, including those of Ruskin, G.M. Hopkins, Nietzsche and Henry James, and then to the terrain of Marxism in the concepts of history underwriting the work of Fredric Jameson and Jean-Paul Sartre. Sprinkler detours through the recent works of Perry Anderson to set the stage for a systematic consideration of the theoretical itinerary and continuing relevance of the contributions of Louis Althusser. Imaginary Relations is a cogently argued attempt to shift the terrain of Marxist theorizing about art from the domain of ideology considered as simply false consciousness to a concept of art which makes aesthetic texts sources of empirical data about the real, historical world.


Michael Sprinker was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His "Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the History of Historical Materialism "and" History and Ideology in Proust" are also published by Verso. Together with Mike Davis, he founded Verso's Haymarket Series and guided it until his death in 1999.
EAN: 9780860918790
ISBN: 0860918793
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: VERSO
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1996
Seitenanzahl: 300 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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