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Them and Us in Literature
I do not play my guitar
I sing of the difference
between what is true and false
otherwise I do not sing
Violeta Parra (Chile)
Paul O’Flinn: Them and Us in Literature
Published 1975 by Pluto Press.
Transcribed by Michael Gavin.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for REDS – Die Roten.
Paul O’Flinn raids Eng. Lit. for a few ideas, a few laughs and a few arguments against the ruling culture. He looks at Shakespeare and human potential, Dickens and factory workers, Hardy and women, Orwell, Forster, Golding and others, in twelve short chapters.
A lot of recent Marxist writing about literature seems to me to be inaccessible and boring. This book is meant to be Marxist but I’ve tried to make it accessible and not boring.
1. William Golding and Original Sin
2. Animal Farm, 1984 and Socialist Revolution
3. Forster and Personal Relationships
4. Sex, the Milkman and Lenin
5. Capitalism, Racism and Joseph Conrad
6. The Sinking of the Titanic:
Is Britain Going Under Along With It?
7. Women in the Nineteenth Century
8. Hands, Knees and a Book by Dickens
9. William Shakespeare and More Original Sin
10. Capitalism, Competition and King Lear
11. Coppers’ Truncheons and Happy Endings
12. Superman, the Seven Gates of Thebes, and You
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Last updated on 2.5.2002