Introducing Marxist Literary Criticism


  • Anand B. Kulkarni Professor & Head, PG Dept. of English Gramonnati Mandal’s Arts, Commerce & Science College Narayangaon, Pune (Affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University)



Love, Woman, Farmers, Art, The Music of Nature, Childhood, The Dying Earth, Human Life.


Marxism as an ideology and mode of practice continues to exist in the twenty first century. It is not as orthodox and dogmatic as it used to be in the mid twentieth century. It has absorbed and reformulated many contemporary critical trends like post-Marxism and has reappeared in different theoretical garbs. Marxist literary criticism is by no means a bygone critical mode; it is very much in practice and has taken on different forms of enquiry like post-colonialism and cultural studies. Given the all-pervasive nature and presence of Marxist literary criticism in academic and research world and its usefulness in exploring hidden aspects of texts, it is significant to know its basics and recent developments in its pursuits. As long as people are still thinking dialectically, they are still disagreeing with each other, and as long as people are still disagreeing with philosophers, Marxist literary criticism will be important. Marxism, in particular, had several modifications. It is important to note that someone who really believes in and supports Marxist political theory ought to put it into reality. The present paper tries to briefly sketch its basic assumptions and its mode of enquiry. Researchers and students need to get their ideas and views about Marxist literary criticism clear so that they can apply its tenets to texts for insightful understanding.  


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How to Cite

Anand B. Kulkarni , translator. “Introducing Marxist Literary Criticism”. Creative Saplings, vol. 3, no. 5, May 2024, pp. 11-20,

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