Theory and Practice
Key issues, like the position of the writer in society, the relationship of the old and the new in literature, and the much discussed relationship between the «creator» and the «audience,» are examined and explained in a different light by regarding them as more than purely theoretical issues or abstract cultural problems and, instead, considering them as social issues that can only be settled at the level of practice.
Abdulla Al-Dabbagh amplifies the area of research by discussing some of the major opposing positions to the theory outlined and, by examining at length the portrayal of proletarian heroism, one of its key concepts, in the literary works of the same epoch. The result of the close textual analysis of a large number of major works of poetry, drama, and fiction reveals the course of the artistic development to be complementary to that of the theoretical advance.
Only the books and articles that have been made use of and that are of immediate relevance to the topic of research have been listed. Very few works, as for example, those by Althusser, Anderson, McGrath and Williams that have a more general bearing on questions of Marxism, culture and literature are mentioned. Obviously a comprehensive bibliography of all the books, journals, and articles that relate to these areas is way beyond the scope of this work. Moreover, it is unnecessary since they can easily be found elsewhere, particular in the bibliographies listed below.
Baxandall, L. Marxism and Aesthetics: A selective Annotated Bibliography (Humanities Press—New York, 1968)
Bullock, Chris and David Peck Guide to Marxist Literary Criticism (Harvester—London, 1980)
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