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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Marxian Imagination Representing Class in Literature by Julian Markels

The Marxian Imagination is a fresh and innovative recasting of Marxist literary theory and a powerful account of the ways class is represented in literary texts.
Where earlier theorists have treated class as a fixed identity site, Julian Markels views class in more dynamic terms, as a process of accumulation involving many, often conflicting, sited of identity. This makes it possible to see how racial and gender identities are caught up in the processes of accumulation that define class. Markels shows how a Marxian imagination is at work in readings of important novels, ranging from Dickens' Hard Times to Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible, and concludes with a telling critique of the work of the major Marxist literary theorists, Raymond Williams and Fredric Jameson.

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