10 - It is not the consciousness of men that determines...

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Unformatted text preview: It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness. Marxist theories generally concentrate on the writing or text in the above equation, they view literature and art as a product that emerges out of specific historical and social contexts. The philosophers have only interpreted the world in carious ways; the points is to change it. Marxist theories are interested in the way that literature and art reflects and interprets the world as it really is. Conversely theyre also interesting in the extent to which art and literature can serve as a catalyst for social change Marxist Account of Ideology and Power All ideologies (mental systems like religion, legal systems, cultural customs) are not creations of human reason, but are products of real social and economic conditions. Further, the material interests of the dominant social class determine the prevalent ideologies Architectural metaphor: superstructure (ideology) rests upon the base (socio-economic...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENG 132 taught by Professor Olson during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.

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