oa Alternation - Postal Networks

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In South African English literary-theoretical discourse post-modernist and post-structuralist theories have been invoked to support the demotion of Marxian analysis. A spectral Marxism is often equated with an economistic and reductionist model of class. This is then taken to justify a 'post-Marxism' in a post-colonial context attuned to the category of race. In effect a simplification of the category of class is projected onto Marxism-and in particular onto South African Marxist historiography-which is then marginalised because of this reductionism. I will argue that the attempt to establish a 'post-Marxist' critical consensus in South Africa combines a misrepresentation of Marxian theory with a decontextualisation of post-structuralism.

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