For September 29: Marxism and the Study of Culture

September 26, 2009

For this week’s class, please read the following, as per the syllabus:

Required:
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, “Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas”
Marx & Engels, “Base and Superstructure”
Althusser “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”
Gramsci “Hegemony, Intellectuals and the State” – Gramsci

All texts are available on electronic reserve through the Pratt Library. If you have any trouble accessing the files, please speak with a librarian.

Recommended:
Tony Benett, “Popular Culture and the ‘Turn to Gramsci’”
Adorno “On Popular Music”
“German Ideology,” “Critique of Political Economy,” & “Capital” Marx & Engels
“The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without Guarantees,” from Stuart Hall (pgs. 25-46)

Please come to class prepared to discuss these readings and remember also to bring in your show and tell before too late. I will allow a maximum of TWO per day–hence, we are running out of time.

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