Marx, Literature, and the Arts: Select Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain


Ahearn, Edward J. Marx and Modern Fiction. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

Alizadeh, Ali. Marx and Art. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019.

Demetz, Peter. Marx, Engels, and the Poets: Origins of Marxist Literary Criticism, revised and enlarged by the author and translated by Jeffrey L. Sammons. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Egan, Gabriel. Shakespeare and Marx. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Gandesha, Samir; Hartle, Johan F.; eds. Aesthetic Marx. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

Howard, Jean E.; Shershow, Scott Cutler; eds. Marxist Shakespeares. London; New York: Routledge, 2001.

Kain, Philip J. Schiller, Hegel, and Marx: State, Society, and the Aesthetic Ideal of Ancient Greece. Kingston; Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Year: 1982. (McGill-Queen’s Studies in the History of Ideas; 4)

Lifshitz, Mikhail. Philosophy of Art of Karl Marx, translated from the Russian by Ralph B. Winn. London: Pluto Press Ltd., 1973.

Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick. Karl Marx, Frederick Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, edited by Lee Baxandall and Stefan Morawski, with introduction by Stefan Morawski. New York: International General, 1973.

Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick. On Literature and Art. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1976.

Mehlman, Jeffrey. Revolution and Repetition: Marx/Hugo/Balzac. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.

Prawer, S. S. Karl Marx and World Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978. (Orig. 1976.)

Raphael, Max. Proudhon, Marx, Picasso: Three Studies in the Sociology of Art, translated by Inge Marcuse, edited, introduced, and with a bibliography by John Tagg. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1980.

Rose, Margaret A. Marx’s Lost Aesthetic: Karl Marx and the Visual Arts. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Rose, Margaret A. Reading the Young Marx and Engels: Poetry, Parody, and the Censor. London: Croom Helm; Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1978.

Sánchez Vázquez, Adolfo. Art and Society: Essays in Marxist Aesthetics, translated by Maro Riofrancos. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1974.

Wilson, Sarah. Picasso/Marx and Socialist Realism in France. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.

Note: The literature on Marxism, literature, the arts, and aesthetics in general comprises thousands of books and even more essays. Some of these works include selections by or about Marx himself, others are mainly Marxist perspectives or analyses of aforesaid aesthetic matters. Some works with ‘Marx’ in the title may be about Marxism more than about Marx himself. I have included a few of these along with selected titles of books about Marx’s own views on literature and the arts or uses of literature and literary devices.


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