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This review is taken from PN Review 48, Volume 12 Number 4, March - April 1986.


This bibliography lists and annotates titles that seem most interesting and/or useful in the context of the debate in this issue. Where titles have been discussed in previous issues of PNR, the relevant issue number is given in brackets at the end of the annotation. The annotator's views, of course, may not necessarily accord with those expressed in earlier issues by other contributors.

Althusser, Louis: Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays, tr. Ben Brewster (New Left Books, 1971)
Contains the influential essay 'Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses', which sees the educational system as one means of reproducing 'bourgeois ideology'. 'Freud and Lacan' is a good introduction to the Lacanian revision of psychoanalysis.

Bakhtin, M. M.: The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, tr. Cary I. Emerson and Michael Holquist (University of Texas, 1981)
Presents a theory of the novel as a 'heteroglossic' play of differing discourses in which the dominant, official languages of a culture are subverted with carnivalesque gaiety.

Baldick, Chris: The Social Mission of English Criticism 1848-1932 (Oxford, 1983)
Well-researched, marxizing and avowedly selective survey and analysis of English criticism from Arnold to Richards. Clearly written, sometimes witty and trenchant, especially on Arnold. Important if reductionist contribution to the history of literary criticism. (PNR 42)

Bann, Stephen: The Clothing of Clio: A study of the representation of history in nineteenth century Britain and France (Cambridge, 1984)

Fascinating study of forms of historical representation in histories, novels, ...

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