The Marx Machine

The Marx Machine : Politics, Polemics, Ideology

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This book employs recently developed techniques of literary criticism, philosophical argumentation, and bibliographical or manuscript analysis to bring Marx's early works, and especially his early polemics, into conversation with his most contemporary, post-Marxist critics. It argues that some of Marx's best known concepts-ideology and historical materialism, for example-in fact represent responses to the kinds of arguments that many people mount against them more

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  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110462
  • 9780739110461
  • 2,129,703

About Charles Barbour

Charles Barbour is lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communications at the University of Western more

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The triumph of neoliberalism and the end of the Cold War have virtually obliterated Marx's legacy - outside doctrinaire circles. Going beyond both structuralist and deconstructive readings, Barbour's book presents 'another Marx' whose texts reveal multiple plateaus of meaning (held together by a commitment to equality). What becomes evident in the study is that exorcising legacies exacts a steep price on critical thought. -- Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame In this extraordinary study Babour shows that he is Marx's star reader, finding subtleties in neglected minor works as well as in major ones supposedly well known. Deploying an impressive philosophical apparatus-Althusser to Ranciere-Babour's work creates a stimulating and lively intertextuality that liberates Marx from his best friends and worst enemies. -- Terrell Carver, University of Bristol Barbour (Univ. of Western Sydney, Australia) adopts what he calls a deliberately averted gaze when analyzing Marx and the tension between theory and practice. Given the volume of work produced on Marx, and the volume of his works still left underanalyzed, the book's conceit is that the construct of "Marx" represents "components or parts [that] can be attached to or assembled with other texts, or other components and parts both inside and outside of the Marxist tradition or traditions." The book intends to reconstruct a version of Marxism that is conscious of its mechanistic conception of Marx through a system of meanings launched from "a thousand plateaus," which must be deciphered by recognizing that the "literary form of Marx's work is as significant as is its supposedly scientific content." Toward this end, the first two chapters cohere much more clearly than the latter two. Although each of the latter have their independent merits, the whole project, perhaps intentionally, lacks a precisely consistent overall arc. Since the author seeks to show the import and revealing character of the discontinuities in Marx's work in order to undermine the simple, mechanistic readings, this might be intentional. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Another Marx Chapter 1: Of Multiple Breaks: Marx in Res Publica Chapter 2: Copying Machines: Reading "The Leipzig Council" Chapter 3: The Fractured Essence: On Historical Materialism Chapter 4: Allegories of Writing: Marx and Literature Conclusion: Marx and Usshow more