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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Louis Althusser

ISBN 9780333918982
Publication Date February 2003
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
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This introductory guide to Louis Althusser provides the first major overview of his work since the publication in French of thousands of pages of essays, books and letters unknown before 1990. Focusing on Althusser's writing on art, theatre and literature (as well of those of his collaborator, Pierre Macherey), Warren Montag traces the contradictory development of Althusser's thought from the early sixties to his autobiography, The Future Lasts Forever. Montag also explores how Althusser's reflections on reading can shed new light on well-known texts such as Heart of Darkness and Robinson Crusoe. Additional material includes an annotated bibliography of texts by and on Althusser and a previously untranslated essay by Althusser on Brecht and Marx.

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

General Editor's Preface
Towards a New Reading of Althusser
Some Concepts
Appendix: Louis Althusser, 'On Brecht and Marx'
Annotated Bibliography


'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
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