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Mu Marxist Criticism

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on 14 October 2012

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Transcript of Mu Marxist Criticism

Marxist Criticism Definition Marxists generally view literature "not as works created in accordance with timeless artistic criteria, but as 'products' of the economic and ideological determinants specific to that era" Beliefs Background Questions Addressed According to Marxists, literature reflects those social institutions out of which it emerges. www.public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/marxist.crit.html Karl Marx was primarily a theorist and historian. After examining social organizations for most of his life, he perceived human history to consist of a series of struggles between classes - between the oppressed and the oppressing Marx argued that all mental systems (ideologies) were the products of social and economic realities. He emphasized that it is not the consciousness of men that determines their social being, but the other way around. www.textetc.com/theory/marxist-views Marxists believe in:
Social/economic equality
Redistribution of wealth
No institutionalized religion
Seeing everyone as a mass They also believe that the relationship between base and superstructure may be indirect and fluid; every change in economics may not be reflected by an immediate change in ethics or literature.
Economics provides the base, and from the base comes the superstructure which includes the laws, politics, philosophy, and religion. What role does social class play in the work; what is the author's analysis of class relations?
How do characters overcome oppression?
What does the work say about oppression; or are social conflicts ignored or blamed elsewhere?
Does the work propose some form of utopian vision as a solution to the problems encountered in the work?
What cultural, economic, or political values does the text implicitly or explicitly promote? Abelardo Bernardo | Elisha Graham
Nate Hoxie | Paige Haskins
Selaina Hopkins | Muneeb Hameed
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