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The Politics of Style
Towards a Marxist Poetics
An ambitious intervention, asserting the importance of a Marxist interpretation of literary style and moving towards a new Marxist poetics.
Building on the work of Raymond Williams, Terry Eagleton and Fredric Jameson, Hartley delineates the historical and conceptual preconditions for the emergence of a ‘politics of style’, and uncovers an underground current of stylistics within the Marxist tradition from Marx to Barthes. Sets out an independent and ambitious theory of style as a foundational element of a new Marxist poetics.