[Marxism] Literature on Western Maoism

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Wed Oct 14 08:12:26 MDT 2009

Thanks for all suggestions so far. The context for this is a projected 
paper/article (just in the planning/abstract stage at the moment) looking at 
various composers explicitly engaging with Maoist ideas in their work, 
primarily Cornelius Cardew. But I'm interested in anything on the reception 
and interpretation of Maoism in the West in general. The impression I get is 
that those calling themselves Maoist in the 1960s and 1970s tended to fall 
into two categories: (a) those who took Mao's side in the Sino-Soviet split, 
and saw Maoism as an anti-revisionist antidote to Krushchev's critique of 
Stalin, and (b) those who associated Maoism with a more generalised romantic 
third-worldism, reasonably untrammeled by classical Marxist distinctions of 
the revolutionary or other role of the peasantry and the proletariat. I'm 
very interested in general in posters' thoughts on these matters.


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