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Louis Althusser by Warren Montag


Louis Althusser by Warren Montag

The publication of Louis Althusser's autobiography, The Future Lasts Forever, shattered the myth of Althusser as austere structural Marxist. It not only illuminated the private life of this public thinker, but suggested that his previously published works could be read very differently.Louis Althusser is the first major overview of Althusser's work since the publication in French of thousands of pages of essays, books and letters unknown before 1990, and makes a strong case for a radical reconsideration of his work in the light of this new material. Focusing particularly on Althusser's writings on art, theatre and literature (as well as those of Althusser's collaborator, Pierre Macherey), Warren Montag traces the contradictory development of Althusser's thought from the early sixties to his autobiography. Additional material includes an annotated bibliography of texts by and on Althusser, and the book also features a previously untranslated essay by the theorist on Brecht and Marx.


'Warren Montag is in my view the most insightful and knowledgeable reader of Althusser and his circle. In this book Montag not only demonstrates the continuing relevance of Althusser's work for literary studies, but also argues convincingly that Althusser's meditations on art, literature, and theater are actually at the center of his philosophy as a whole. Montag frees Althusser's work from the old and sterile polemics about Althusserianism and shows us why it is still vital and important today.' - Michael Hardt, Duke University 'A brief yet comprehensive overview of the life and work of Althusser.' - M. A. Martinez-Saenz, Choice'

About the Author

WARREN MONTAG is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

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Publication date

17th December 2002


Warren Montag

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Palgrave Macmillan


172 pages


Literary theory
History of ideas



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