Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Fundamental Dissonance Timothy Bewes and Timothy Hall Part I: Paradoxes of Form 1. Temporalized Invariance: Lukacs and the Work of Form, Yoon Sun Lee 2. How to Escape from Literature? Lukacs, Cinema, and The Theory of the Novel, Timothy Bewes 3. Capitalist and Bourgeois Epics: Lukacs, Abstraction and the Novel, David Cunningham 4. Typing Class: Classification and Redemption in Lukacs's Political and Literary Theory, Patrick Eiden-Offe Part II: Life, History, Social Theory 5. Lukacs sans Proletariat, or Can History and Class Consciousness be Re-historicized? Neil Larsen 6. Rethinking Reification, Andrew Feenberg 7. Justice and the Good Life in Lukacs's History and Class Consciousness, Timothy Hall 8. Capitalist Life in Lukacs, Stewart Martin Part III: Aesthetic Reframings 9. Art for Art's Sake and Proletarian Writing, Georg Lukacs 10. The Historical and Political Context of Lukacs's 'Art for Art's Sake and Proletarian Writing', Andrew Hemingway 11. 'Fascinating Delusive Light': Georg Lukacs and Franz Kafka, Michael Loewy 12. The Historical Novel After Lukacs, John Marx 13. Realism, Totality, and the Militant Citoyen: Or, What Does Lukacs Have to Do With Contemporary Art? Gail Day Appendix 14. An Entire Epoch of Inhumanity (1964 Preface to Probleme des Realismus, III), Georg Lukacs Contributors Index
Re-examines the principal themes of Lukacs's work, considering their relevance for a new generation of scholars interested in the relations between politics and aesthetics.
Timothy Hall is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at the University of East London, UK. He is co-author of The Modern State: theories and ideologies (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).
"Materialist and formalist, realist and utopian, ontological and
prophetic, militant and rebel, Gyoergy Lukacs remains a disturbing
oxymoron to be interpreted - therefore transformed. In truly
dialectical and dialogical manner, this books succeeds in doing
just that, burying the verdicts of obsolescence, illuminating the
ambivalences, and making again of the "principle of totality" which
traverses the philosopher's writings a category for radically
overturning an alienated society." -- Etienne Balibar, author (with
Louis Althusser) of Reading Capital
Reviewed in Radical Philosophy 171.