Marxism’s main focus in literacy is the composition of a society and it’s reflection and relationship to art. Given that literacy is a form of art, Marxist criticism focuses upon the meanings, styles, and forms in literacy and how they construct the structure of society. These critics believe that a person’s personal history and culture play a major role on the production of literacy and literary meanings. Without these factors being implemented in the writing process, Marxism states that literacy could not exist or function properly.
“The production of ideas, concepts, and consciousness is first of all, directly interwoven with the material intercourse of man, the language of real life.”
This piece of art that I have created represents how meanings styles and forms create the structure of society. In that regard, I chose to represent society as a well from which information is drawn from. Criticism is the rope and pulley from which society physically draws art and literature from the well of social ideology. Although society can exist as a structure on its own, it lacks a purpose without a source from which to draw from. Therefore in essence, the structure would not exist if it weren’t for the source of nutrients buried deep below the ground.
I found it very interesting that Eagleton described literacy as the “material intercourse of man.” What is interesting about it is the word intercourse because it alludes to a highly personal and intimate relationship. Basically, art is a reflection of an intimate relationship between the reality of the world around the creator, and his or her own perception of it. I have always felt that art is the beginning to all major advancements in society. Does anyone want to agree or disagree with me?