Marxist aesthetics

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Authors, journals[edit]


Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, 1973, Log, PDF.
Margaret A. Rose, Marx's Lost Aesthetic: Karl Marx and the Visual Arts, 1984, Log.

(in English unless noted otherwise)

Marx and Engels on art and aesthetics[edit]

  • Karl Marks i Fridrikh Engels ob iskusstve [Карл Маркс и Фридрих Энгельс об искусстве], eds. Mikhail Lifshitz (Михаил Лифшиц) and Franc Shiller (Франц Шиллер), Moscow, 1933; expanded ed., 1938; further expanded ed., 2 Vols, 1957; 1967; 1976; 1983. (Russian)
    • Marx / Engels. Über Kunst und Literatur. Eine Sammlung aus ihren Schriften, Berlin: Henschel, 1948, 610 pp, of the 1938 edition; 6th ed., 1953; 2 Vols, ed. M. Kliem, Berlin, 1967-68. (German). .
    • Literature and Art: Selections from Their Writings, New York: International Publishers, 1947, 154 pp.
    • On Literature and Art, ed. B. Krylov, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1976, 520 pp.
  • Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, eds. Stefan Morawski and Lee Baxandall, St. Louis: Telos Press, 1973, 175 pp; New York: International General, 1974, 179 pp; Telos Press, 1983; rev.ed. by Macdonald Daly, Nottingham: CCCP, 2006, Preview.
On Marx's aesthetics

German debates in the 1930s-50s[edit]

  • Walter Benjamin, Versuche über Brecht, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1966. (German)
  • Bertolt Brecht, Schriften zur Kunst und Literatur, 3 vols., Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1967-68. (German)
  • Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukács, Aesthetics and Politics, trans. ed. Ronald Taylor, New Left Books, 1977; Verso, 1980, 221 pp.


  • Maynard Solomon (ed.), Marxism and Art: Essays Classic and Contemporary, Sussex: Harvester Press, 1979.
  • Armand Mattelart, Seth Siegelaub (eds.), Communication and Class Struggle, 2 vols., New York: International General, and Bagnolet: International Mass Media Research Center (IMMRC), 1979 & 1983, Vol. 2.

Other writings[edit]



See also[edit]



Fields and theories: Classics, Art history, History of architecture, Anthropology, Semiotics, Philosophy of technology, Marxist aesthetics, Design research, Humanities computing, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Mediology, Media archaeology, Cyberfeminism, Cultural techniques, Neuroaesthetics, Posthumanities, Sensory ethnography, Media ecology, Digital humanities, Software studies, Modern periodical studies, Accelerationism.
Concepts: Faktura, Ostranenie, Biomechanics, Commons, Postmedia, Evil media.
Related theories: Systems theory, Information theory, Cybernetics.