question from a novice

Kenny Mostern kennym at
Sat Jan 28 12:54:08 MST 1995

I was surprised that Jon Beasley-Murray left out Raymond Williams
*Marxism and Literature* from the list of works articulating the relation
between the two.  I don't agree with everything in it but I don't think
there's a better place to start.

Kenny Mostern
UC-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Graduate Group

Against:  racism, sexism, homophobia, capitalism, militarism
For:  the truth--and the funk!

On Fri, 27 Jan 1995, Jon Beasley-Murray wrote:

> I think I'm with Chris (and, by the looks of it, very much in the
> minority) on this one.
> I'd suggest starting to look at the influence Marx and Marxist writers
> have had on the field you are in at present, and working out some of the
> lineages and trajectories of the Marxist tradition from there.  In
> literary and cultural studies this might include Terry Eagleton's short
> but useful _Marxist Literary Criticism_ (I may have the title wrong
> there) or Nelson and Grossberg (eds.), _Marxism and the Interpretation of
> Culture_.
> For feminist elaborations, Kuhn (ed.) _Feminism and Materialism_ or a
> more recent anthology (whose title I forget--can anyone help here?  the
> cover its red, if that helps) are also useful.
> This is not fully to substitute for reading Marx himself, but on the
> other hand (as far as I can see) there is no "original" Marx, and what's
> interesting is how Marx has and can be used in specific circumstances for
> specific ends.
> Take care
> Jon
> Jon Beasley-Murray
> Literature Program
> Duke University
> jpb8 at


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