Monthly Archives: October 2008

MARXIST AESTHETICS: On Macherey & Althusser


PREFACE TO PIERRE MACHEREY AND AN AESTHETICS OF “IMAGINARY RELATIONS” by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. Almost three decades have now passed since the 1966 publication of Pierre Macherey’s Pour une theorie de la production litteraire (A Theory of Literary Production, … Continue reading

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FRIEDRICH ENGELS–ON BEAUTY AND REVOLUTION


THE REVOLUTIONARY AESTHETICS OF  FRIEDRICH ENGELS by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. Generally maligned as the inventor of “dialectical materialism” (read: vulgarized Marxism) and praised as the “first Marxist,” Friedrich Engels has so far not received the judicious and all-sided appreciation … Continue reading

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JOSE GARCIA VILLA, FILIPINO POET IN THE UNITED STATES


SALVAGING THE DISAPPEARED POET: The Case of Jose Garcia Villa (Transcript of a lecture at the University of Michigan, 1989) by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. After reading the poem (“The Anchored Angel”) which I’ve just circulated here, you’re bound to … Continue reading

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CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE & MAXINE HONG KINGSTON


PEIRCE’S SEMIOTICS AS THEORY OF INQUIRY AND ITS USES IN LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES Despite the war on terrorism and the drive for a globalized free market, it seems that we are still afflicted by logocentrism and essentializing metanarratives. Decades … Continue reading

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RAYMOND WILLIAMS, BRITISH PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL (2)


RAYMOND WILLIAMS ON CULTURAL REVOLUTION By E. SAN JUAN, Jr. In our generally retrograde postCold War age, it might be anachronistic to try to resuscitate any interest in what my daughter calls another “dead white male.” Raymond Williams, now legendary … Continue reading

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RAYMOND WILLIAMS, BRITISH PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL (1)


RAYMOND WILLIAMS AND THE PROBLEMS IN THEORIZING CULTURAL  PRACTICE By E. SAN JUAN, Jr. Probably the first lesson to be learned from Raymond Williams’ massive corpus of writings that established the foundation for contemporary cultural studies is the habit of … Continue reading

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W. E. B. DU BOIS, GEORGE JACKSON, MUMIA ABU JAMAL


PREPARING FOR THE TIME OF REPARATION: SPECULATIVE CUES FROM W. E. B. DU BOIS, GEORGE JACKSON AND MUMIA ABU-JAMAL By E. San Juan, Jr. Let us not forget that in the Negro people, there sleep and are now awakening passions … Continue reading

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