Theorizing Ideology Analytical Essay by Nicky

Theorizing Ideology
This paper theorizes how language provides a universal ideology because literature presents the human experience for all to understand.
# 148149 | 2,283 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper opens with a discussion on literature and its inherent universality to communicate the human condition. The writer claims that this is possible despite differences in race, gender, region, etc. The paper continues on to discuss ideologies as not fixed or rigid perspectives but fluid modes of thought. It ends with a discussion on how literature is both a product and a cause of ideology that coincides with Marx's notion of the eternal class struggle.

From the Paper:

"'Literature, in the meaning of the word we have inherited, is an ideology. It has the most intimate relation to questions of social power;' many understand literature as a universal ideology (Eagleton "The Rise of The English" 2243). This rests based on its intimate relationship with language, the common feature shared throughout all humanity, despite differences in class, nationality, and so forth. Evolved from the fundamental structure which is language, literature has then moved to become a process by which we assimilate the human experience into a universal ideology. As both a cause and product of ideology, literature was produced by the bourgeoisie in accordance with most ideologies seen from a Marxist perspective. However, it was able to transcend class differences unlike any other form of ideology based on its connection with language--the most universal trait we as humans share. This then makes literature a potential ideology which would serve to help ease class tensions and exhibit the human experience as varied and fractures as it truly is, without contradicting itself in the process. Literature proves to be both force that unites us, but also one which glorifies our differences without disrupting the more universal harmony."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bawden, Garth. "Symbols of Power." The Moche. Wiley. 1996.
  • Eagleton, Terry. The Idea of Culture. Blackwell Publishing. 2000.
  • Eagleton, Terry. "The Rise of the English." Norton Anthology of Literature. PUT EXACT PUBLICATION INFO HERE
  • Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Volume 1. Vintage Books.1978.
  • Marx, Karl & Engels, Frederick. The German Ideology. International Publishers. 2004.

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