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This is a good prepared quantity of the essays necessary to Marxist feedback from the 1930's to the 1950's. The essayists are all serious contributions are summed-up, and their present relevance traced, in an excellent end via Frederic Jameson, possibly an important Marxist critic writing at the present time. i admire this quantity as the number of essays is excellent and the decisions are put in a chronological, point-counterpoint structure in order that the 'conversation' is straightforward to keep on with. The essays are as a rule keen on the realism/modernism dialectic. Lukacs lauds the realism of Balzac and Mann because the exemplary method of historicism within the novel. Adorno posits that top modernism, notwithstanding it kind of feels apolitical, presents the main ominous photograph of capitalism, and that it's hence the extra workable innovative aesthetic. the opposite essayists chart the distance among those (seemingly) polarized views and supply vital insights into the extra mystical (Benjamin) and pragmatic (Brecht) functions of Marxist conception. Adorno takes Benjamin to job for no longer considering dialectically. And, among Brecht and Adorno, Lukacs takes a beating for his reactionary attachment to the bourgeois realist novel. yet Benjamin and Lukacs are either vindicated in Jameson's balanced end. it is a brief yet worthwhile quantity for someone attracted to Marxist aesthetic conception.

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We must not ignore this connotation, just because we so urgently need the concept - popular. It is precisely in the so-called poetical fortns that 'the people' are represented in a superstitious fashion or, better, in a fashion that en­ courages supersitition. They endow the people with unchanging characteristics, hallowed traditions, art forms, habits and customs, religiosity, hereditary enemies, invincible power and so on. A remark­ able unity appears between tormenters and tormented, exploiters and exploited, deceivers and deceived; it is by no means a question of the masses of , little' working people in opposition to those above them.

In no circumstances can the necessary guide-lin es practical definition of realism be derived from literary works alone. like Tolstoy - but without his weaknesses! ) Realism is an issue not only for literature: it is a major polliti,:al philosophical and practical issue and must be handled and explained such - as a matter of general human interest. III [Remarks on an Essay] One must not expect too much from people who use the word too fluently as signifying something other than content, or as cOl"n" ct,od with content, whatever, or who are suspicious of'technique' as sornethi,tg 'mechanical', One must not pay too much attention to the fact that quote the classics (of Marxism) and that the word 'form' occurs too; the classics did not teach the technique of writing novels.

Brecht's reaction to Lukacs's praise has been recorded in his Arbeitsj()urnal (vol. I, p. 22): 'Lukacs has welcomed The Informer as if I were a sinner returning to the bosom of the Salvation Army. At last something taken from life itself! ; in short, the gestures of life under a dictatorship'. 'ously belaboured in the journal Internationale Literatur in January in an essay entitled 'Grosse und Verfall des Expressionismus'. Brecht, many other German writers of his generation, had of course started .

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