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NOTES MR announces two special issues—Fall 1975 and Spring 1976—to be done in conjunction with the Marxist Literary Group. Fredric Jameson will guest-edit both issues. The MLG organizes seminars and workshops at the national and regional MLA meetings and has just begun publishing a newsletter, MEDIATIONS, which is available at the following address: MLG, C-OOS, UC-San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037. The Fall 1975 issue of MR will have as its theme, "The Marxist Alternative to the Traditions". Contributions are invited that will show what Marxist criticism can do and that will also, implicitly or explicitly, call into question traditional views of literary study. Studies of individual texts should be examples of Marxist methodology and models of an approach applicable to a number of fields. We hope for variety and experimentation in the form of the contributions. Besides the discursive essay, we would look for taped discussion or interview, review articles , critical bibliographies, etc. Contributions would, hopefully, cover the entire range of subjects and fields planned for MLG seminars at the conventions, and, in doing so, project substantive alternatives to the various bourgeois academic traditions of English, French, German, Spanish, and North and South American literatures, as well as affirm the presence of those literatures (third world, minority, proletarian, feminist) traditionally excluded from the curriculum . Send contributions to MLG or MR by June 1. The theme of the Spring 1976 issue of MR will be, "Marxism and Utopia." Alongside the widely understood vocation of Marxist criticism to demystify false consciousness and denounce ideology, there is another, less fully explored, strength of the Marxist approach, which consists in its ability to detect latent or repressed Utopian elements within the disguises of media-culture, belles lettres, or even outright reactionary texts. Thus, Stanley Aronowitz has underscored the presence in mass culture, of "the yearning for community and authentic relationships , and the violent refusal of institutionally defined roles" (FALSE PROMISES, p. 1 1 2). Through such methodological demonstrations, we would also hope to clarify the relationship of Marxism to Utopian thought in general, a relationship which has ranged from Marx and Engel's classic denunciation of Utopian socialism to a renewal of the Utopian imagination by Marxists like Herbert Marcuse and Ernst Bloch. Contributions for this issue are due by Jan. IS, 1976. A new distributor/publisher has appeared. GREEN MOUNTAIN EDITIONS (462 N. Main St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin S4901) announces the publication of a series of 1 2 books, to be called "Documents on Marxist Aesthetics". The first of the DOMA series is Marx and Engels* ON LITERATURE AND ART, ed. Baxandall and Morawski, which in fact has already been published by TELOS/NEW GERMAN CRITIQUE (see MR's review of this book in this issue). GREEN MOUNTAIN will publish the other titles over the next five years. The entire series can be subscribed for at a 10% reduction. They will also distribute other books and magazines in the general area of Marxist aesthetics. Two new magazines look promising: PRAXIS, 2125 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709; and LEFT CURVE, 1016 Greenwich St., San Francisco, CA 94130. I haven t seen either one yet. R.M. ...

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2157-4189
Print ISSN
0026-5667
Pages
p. I
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-06
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No
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