Modules on Marxism

THE MODULES in this section center around some of the Marxist theorists that have defined this critical school, including a set of modules on Marx himself. For obvious reasons, it makes sense to start with the modules on Marx, since subsequent critics often rethink many of Marx's central concepts. So, if you are new to Marxist theory, you might consider the following order: Karl Marx » Louis Althusser » Fredric Jameson.

The Modules are designed to work aggregatively, so that each subsequent module tends to build on the concepts discussed in the previous modules; however, each is also designed to stand alone, and will sometimes be hyperlinked in other sections of the Guide to Theory. In this way, the modules seek to rethink the way most text-based introductions work. Like a text-based introduction, the modules can work progressively, as if one were thus turning the pages in a book. However, the structure is actually more akin to Deleuze and Guattari's notion of the rhizome: endlessly aggregative (at least in theory) and connected to each other and to the rest of the site by multiple additional links. One can therefore progress through the modules in alternate ways; in the Marxism modules, for example, one can concentrate on a single concept, ideology, exploring how Marx, Althusser, and Jameson each differ in significant ways when it comes to this issue. One can also explore connections between the modules on Marxism and those found in other locations in this site. The Jameson modules, for example, link up logically with the Jameson modules under Postmodernism; if you are interested in exploring the links between Marxism and Psychoanalysis, you could also read the Althusser and Jameson modules on ideology alongside the Lacan module on the structure of the psyche. Jameson and Althusser are both influenced by Lacan's understanding of the "Real" in their articulation of how ideology functions. For a brief introduction to the three critics discussed in the Modules, go to the General Introduction.

The Modules for Marxism are on the left of this screen. If you place your cursor on one of the categories, the module sub-categories for each theorist will appear as a link. (Note that some browsers require you to double-click on the link.)

Work on these Modules has been supported by IHETS/IPSE (the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education) and their Module and Course Development Program.


Proper Citation of this Page:

Felluga, Dino. "Modules on Narratology." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Date of last update, which you can find on the home page. Purdue U. Date you accessed the site. <>.







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