Best known for his theories of ideology and its impact on politics and culture, Louis Althusser revolutionized Marxist theory. His writing changed the face of literary and cultural studies, and continues to influence political modes of criticism such as feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory. Beginning with an introduction to the context of Marxist theory, this book goes on to explain:
* how Althusser interpreted and developed Marx’s work
* the political implications of reading
* ideology and its significance for culture and criticism
* Althusser’s aesthetic criticism of literature, theatre and art.
Placing Althusser’s key ideas in the context of earlier Marxist thought, as well as tracing their development and impact, Luke Ferretter presents a wide-ranging yet accessible guide, ideal for those new to the work of this influential critical thinker.
Acknowledgements Why Althusser? Key Ideas 1. The Cornerstones: Marx and the Theory of Culture 2. The Revolution in Theory: Althusser’s Marxism 3. The Politics of Reading: Essays on Interpretation 4. The Politics of Culture: Essays on Ideology 5. Materialist Aesthetics: Essays on Literature and Art 6. Posthumous Confessions: The Future Lasts a Long Time After Althusser Further Reading Works Cited
Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.
The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:
Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.