- Cathy Bergin: Review: Terry Eagleton, The Event of Literature, Yale University Press, 2012
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 115
Note: Despite the somewhat flippant tone in the introduction to his new book The Event of Literature, Terry Eagleton takes the oft derided question ‘can there be a definition of literature?’ very seriously indeed.
- Gareth Jenkins: Review: Dickens the radical
Socialist Review nr. 366, feb 12 – side 29
Note: The great Victorian novelist Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this month. Gareth Jenkins looks back at his life and work.
- Jack Farmer: Book reviews: Revolution rewritten
International Socialism Journal nr. 129, jan 11 – side 216
Note: Colin Jones, Josephine McDonagh and Jon Mee (eds), Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), £50
- Gareth Jenkins: Empire and literature
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 167
Note: A review of Jonah Raskin, The Mythology of Imperialism: A Revolutionary Critique of British Literature and Society in the Modern Age (Monthly Review Press, 2009), £15.95
- Gareth Jenkins: Me And Orson Welles: Recreating the creativity and radicalism
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 11
Note: Gareth Jenkins looks at Richard Linklater’s new film and the real character who inspired it.
- Patrick Ward + Tim Sanders: Interview: Joe Sacco: A long drawn out conflict
Socialist Review nr. 342, dec 09 – side 22
Note: Joe Sacco talks to Tim Sanders and Patrick Ward about how he got into comic journalism and the power of cartoons
- Sam West: Culture Column: Harold Pinter 1930-2008
Socialist Review nr. 333, feb 09 – side 30
Note: Harold Pinter was the greatest writer of dramatic English we had. He wrote mouth-filling meals for actors, where what you want is who you are, and what you say to get it is provoked by what was said to you only a second earlier. I got to say his words on stage, screen and radio, and I count myself lucky.
- Roger Huddle: Obituary: Allan Mitchell (1932-2008)
Socialist Review nr. 333, feb 09 – side 34
Note: There is always opposition to the dominant culture – sometimes hidden, sometimes out in the open: a radical cultural tradition that accompanies our struggles for a different society, to give shape and meaning to our desire for another way of hearing, of seeing, of feeling. I got this from many people as I was growing up, and the poet Adrian Mitchell was one of those people.
- Sarah Ensor: Interview: Sara Paretsky
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 18
Note: Fighting racism and injustice shaped Sara Paretsky as a crime writer. She talks to Sarah Ensor about her work, the Iraq war and the US elections.
- Mark Bould: Arthur C Clarke’s vision of benevolent empire
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 11
Note: Mark Bould looks at the politics of the “endlessly reasonable” science fiction writer who died last week
- Joe Hartney: Shakespeare, literary history and Marxism
International Socialism Journal nr. 117, jan 08 – side 165
Note: Review: Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare (Jonathan Cape, 2004); and James Shapiro, 1599: A year in the life of William Shakespeare (Faber, 2005)
- Alex Callinicos: Norman Mailer and the menace of the US
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 4
Note: Norman Mailer’s dream was to write the Great American Novel, but, by the time of his death at 84 last weekend, it was clear that he hadn’t succeeded.
- Matthew Beaumont: Review: Sci-fi and struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 218
Note: Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (Verso, 2005), £14.99
- Ken Olende: The literature of a ravished continent: Achebe, Sembène and Ngugi
International Socialism Journal nr. 115, jul 07 – side 177
Note: During the late 1950s and early 1960s a wave of new literature emerged from a defiant Global South. Some of the best came from Africa, then caught up in a range of anti-colonial struggles and the promise of independence.
- Esther Leslie: Novel insights (Julian Markels: "The Marxian Imagination: Representing Class in Literature")
International Socialism Journal nr. 107, jun 05 – side 200
Note: A review of Julian Markels, The Marxian Imagination: Representing Class in Literature (Monthly Review Press, 2003), £15.
- Gareth Jenkins: A truly human culture (Al Richardson (ed): "Victor Serge, Collected Writings on Litterature and Revolution")
International Socialism Journal nr. 104, sep 04 – side 119
Note: Our new reviews sections looks at Victor Serge’s writings on literature.
- Ian Birchall: Zola for the 21st century
International Socialism Journal nr. 96, sep 02 – side 105
Note: EMILE ZOLA'S work is analysed by lan Birchall as a contribution to the discussion provoked by the centenary of the novelist's death.
- Rikke Holm: Læserbrev: Et forsvar for Ringenes Herre
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 201, feb 02 – side 11
Note: I sidste nummer af Socialistisk Arbejderavis bragte man en anmeldelse af Ringenes Herre.
- Gareth Jenkins: We could all do with some more Charles Dickens
Socialist Worker nr. 1675, dec 99
Note: Most people know about Charles Dickens even if few have ploughed through his novels. They have heard of Oliver Twist, the little orphan boy who asked for more food, or Ebenezer Scrooge, the skinflint employer who dismissed time off for Christmas as humbug.
- William Keach: Rise like lions? Shelley and the revolutionary left
International Socialism Journal nr. 75, jun 97 – side 91
Note: Shelley's poetry is a source of debate for William Keach as he takes issue with some of the ideas elaborated in Paul Foot's famous account, Red Shelley.
- Dave Beecham: Ignazio Silone and 'Fontamara'
International Socialism Journal nr. 63, jun 94 – side 155
Note: Dave Beecham reviews the life and work of the socialist author Ignazio Silone, whose great work Fontamara has just been republished.
- Gareth Jenkins: Novel questions (Malcolm Bradbury: "The Modern British Novel" + D J Taylor: "After the War: The Novel and England since 1945")
International Socialism Journal nr. 62, mar 94 – side 107
Note: The 20th century novel is examined by Gareth Jenkins
- Judy Cox: Blake's revolution (E P Thompson: "Witness Against the Beast, William Blake and the Moral Law")
International Socialism Journal nr. 62, mar 94 – side 119
Note: EP Thompson's study of revolutionary poet William Blake
- Paul Foot: Poetry and revolution
International Socialism Journal nr. 57, dec 92 – side 129
Note: Paul Foot's 'Poetry and Revolution' examines the impact of political change on poetry from Milton and the English Revolution to contemporary Irish poetry with the help of interviews with Terry Eagleton, Tom Paullin, Christopher Hill, Marilyn Butler and Tony Harrison.
- John Molyneux: Animal Farm Revisited
International Socialism Journal nr. 44, sep 89 – side 99
Note: George Orwell: “Animal Farm”.
George Orwell has always been a paradoxical figure on the left. How could the author of the inspiring account of the Spanish Revolution, Homage to Catalonia, also write every right winger’s favourite example of why revolution can never work, Animal Farm? John Molyneux revisits Animal Farm in search of an answer.
- Gareth Jenkins: The Devil's prose? (Salman Rushdie: "Satanic Verses")
Socialist Review nr. 118, mar 89 – side 15
- Rahul Patel: A burning issue (Salman Rushdie: "Satanic Verses")
Socialist Review nr. 117, feb 89 – side 24
Note: Salman Rushdie's new novel, Satanic Verses, has provoked fierce controversy internationally. It has been banned for diverse reasons in several countries, including India and South Africa, and has led to demonstrations in Britain. Rahul Patel looks at Rushdie's novels and explains the furore.
- Paul O’Flinn: Re-reading 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' in 1984 (George Orwell: "1984")
International Socialism Journal nr. 23, mar 84 – side 76
- Ian Birchall: Terry Eagleton and Marxist literary criticism
International Socialism Journal nr. 16, mar 82 – side 113
Note: The last decade has seen the production of a considerable amount of work in the area of Marxist aesthetics and literary criticism. This work has been very uneven in quality and in general has revealed serious limitations. A brief historical sketch, necessarily schematic, may help to put this work into some sort of context.
- Paul Cunningham: Writers reviewed (Raymond Chandler): Why you should be a shamus
Socialist Review nr. 1, apr 78 – side 20
Note: Raymond Chandler wrote seven novels, a few dozen good short stories and created the most famous private detective of them all, Philip Marlowe.
- Peter Sedgwick: George Orwell – International Socialist?
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 37, jun 69 – side 28
Note: The purpose of this article is to give a basic account of the development of George Orwell’s political beliefs, from the beginning of his literary vocation down to his death in January 1950.
- Martin Shaw: Review: Williams & Co.
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 37, jun 69
Note: Review: Terry Eagleton and Brian Wicker, eds., From Culture to Revolution, Sheed and Ward, 50s.
- Ian Birchall: Lukacs as Literary Critic
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 36, apr 69 – side 36
Note: The publication of "Goethe and his Age" is a welcome addition to the works of Georg Lukacs available in English. If Marxism is to offer an acceptable world-view to a new generation, the need for works of theory to embrace fields such as literature is very great, and Lukacs’ work can help to break down the deep parochialism of the British Left. At the same time Lukacs’ literary writings contain many weaknesses associated with his political acceptance of Stalinism.
- Ray Challinor: Review: Literature and Revolution
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 001, jun 58 – side 76
Note: Literature and Revolution, by Leon Trotsky, Russell & Russell, New York, 25/-. ---
Leon Trotsky’s book, which considers the relationship between politics and literature, makes an extremely useful contribution to this subject.
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