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Introduction, “Responses to ‘Art, Society/Text’”

Abstract

More than merely signaling the highly debatable status of Yugoslav intellectual and artistic production as “marginal” to that of Western Europe, “Art, Society/Text” raises a series of transversal questions about the specificity of art and literature as signifying practices in the wake of modernist autonomy, the form assumed by class struggle within the authors’ structuralist framework, and the possible consequences of such theoretical issues for the critique and historiography of art since the 1960s. In contemplating Yugoslav discourses about art and literature, it also poses a broader question about how to interpret the work of art both as a social fact embedded within a determinate social organization of labor and as a cultural form or signifying practice. Our own elective affinities not withstanding, we decided to return to the document in order to further explore its theoretical ambitions and to consider its relevance for cultural criticism today.

Benezra, Karen. Introduction, “Responses to ‘Art, Society/Text: A Few Remarks on the Current Relations of the Class Struggle in the Fields of Literary Production and Literary Ideologies.” ARTMargins 6.3 (October 2017): 50-81.

Introduction, “Responses to ‘Art, Society/Text: A Few Remarks on the Current Relations of the Class Struggle in the Fields of Literary Production and Literary Ideologies.’” ARTMargins 6.3 (October 2017): 50-81.

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