‘Whatever happened to post-Marxism?’ Transmissions and transgressions

Rowcroft, Andy (2014) ‘Whatever happened to post-Marxism?’ Transmissions and transgressions. In: Transmissions and Transgressions, 11th September 2014, Loughborough University.

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The collapse of state Communism in the 20th century profoundly impacted upon Western European radical thought. The post-Marxist theory of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, developed most forcefully in their co-authored Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (1985), offers new cultural perspectives on the history and politics of Marxism. Regarded by many as a transgression from Marx, it offers a nuanced transition, articulating new theoretical paradigms and ‘cross-class’ cultural alliances.

This paper is split into new sections. The first examines the propositions of a bold new theory of political subjectivity, one aimed at re-thinking the basic theoretical categories of Marx. The second argues that these theoretical contentions receive fruitful examination with the pages of US narrative fiction, specifically in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars (1992). I thereby move to extrapolate the methodological conclusions of Laclau and Mouffe’s work as applicable concepts to aid literary study.

Keywords:post-Marxism, Marxism, Science Fiction, bmjholiday
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V340 Intellectual History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:16837
Deposited On:01 Mar 2015 17:10

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