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By Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukacs

Awarded listed below are they texts of the Marxist controversies over literature and paintings that concerned Ernst Bloch, Georg Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adomo.

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His fuller conversion to Marxism post-dated them. His greatest plays were then written during exile and war without any contact with a German audience of any kind (Mother Courage: 1939 ; Gali/eo Galilei: 1939; Puntila: 1941 ; The Caucasian Chalk Circle: 1944--5). When they were finally staged in East Germany after the War, their audiences were certainly in the main proletarian, but since alternative entertainments (to use a Brechtian term) were not widely available in the DDR, the spontaneity and reality of working-class responses to the Berliner Ensemble remain difficult to estimate.

Naturalism and a certain type of anarchistic montage can be confronted with their social effects, by demonstrating that they merely reflect the symptoms of the surface of things and not the �eeper causal complexes of society. Whole tracts of literature which seq>', judging by their form, to be radical, can be shown to be re(ormist, merely formal efforts which supply solutions on paper. /Such a definition of formalism also helps the writing of novels, lyric poetry and drama, and - last but not least - it does away once and for all with a certain formalistic style of criticism which appears to be interested Brecht against Lukacs 73 "MIy ,·n the formal' which is dedicated to particular forms of writing, .

In the primeval, 79 sanctity, and so on. vast genealogies, No, Balzac does not indulge in montage. But he writes fantasy as Napoleon did his marshals he marries off the creatures of his sm of objects) through and brothers; he follows possessions (fetishi to the other. He generations of families and their transference from one are organisms in which deals with nothing but the 'organi c': his families ructing such cells, the individuals 'grow'. Should we therefore be reconst abolition of private or the factory or the soviet - given that, with the y supposed ownership of the means of production, the fmoily is generall ions which institut to have ceased to shape individuals?

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