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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Critical Credo

Critical Credo

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The Critical Pulse

Barbara Foley

Columbia University Press

This chapter explains the formation of the author's credo in the late 1960s, when it was still imaginable that exploitation and its accompanying oppressions could be abolished. At that time, the capitalist world order seemed anything but eternal and communism appeared necessary, desirable, and possible. While the world has changed in significant ways over the past several decades, her Marxist view of historical necessity has not. In fact, given the vast and spiraling inequalities arising from the drive to capital accumulation, as well as the threat it poses to the future of the planet, her conviction that humanity must free itself from the yoke of class society is more urgent than ever. Despite harboring no illusions that literary criticism constitutes any kind of front line in the global class war, her commitment to the revolutionary transformation of society has definitively shaped her scholarship, pedagogy, and citizen participation.

Keywords:   social order, Marxism, credo, capitalism, communism, class society, literary criticism, class war

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