Marxism, Pragmatism, and Postcritique

  • Ulf Schulenberg


Chapters 6 and 7 ought to be studied together since both deal with the critique of the idea of a coherent dramatic narrative. One of the most stimulating discussions in literary and cultural studies in the past years has been the one centering on the necessity of developing forms of “postcritique.” In this chapter, Schulenberg demonstrates that his discussion of the relation between Marxism and pragmatism also plays a role concerning this critique of critique. He discusses the postcritics’ analysis of Fredric Jameson’s Hegelian Marxism. Furthermore, it is argued that the works of these critics suffer from their almost complete neglect of Richard Rorty’s and Jacques Rancière’s versions of horizontal critique. Finally, Schulenberg’s overall goal in this chapter is to show that a discussion of postcritique contributes to one’s understanding of the idea of horizontal intellectual progress, and thus to one’s appreciation of the implications of the idea of a genuinely nominalist and historicist culture.


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  • Ulf Schulenberg
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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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