Hello all! So in my Methods of Advanced Literature class, we have this awful textbook that I despise with my whole heart. It’s called Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson, and I hate every second I spend reading it for class. As I sat down last week to read another agonizing chapter for homework, I came upon the realization that this chapter was not like the rest. Oh no, this chapter had to do with economics.
I may have panicked thinking, “oh my gosh I will never escape my fsem,” until I thought maybe, just maybe, it might be useful. I don’t really know how useful it is, but here’s the gist.
I don’t know a whole lot about Marxism, but I do know that it comes from Karl Marx, who wrote about anticapitalist ideals and studied economics and philosophy. Now, you’re probably wondering why I of all people am writing about Karl Marx right now, and to be honest, I wouldn’t expect me to either. Here’s where I’m going:
In my horrendous English textbook, Marxism is introduced in Marxist Criticism. Marxist Criticism evaluates books through a socioeconomic lens as a way of interpreting books in a different way. My whole reason for writing this post is the following quote from Tyson’s chapter on Marxist Criticism, “[the middle class] shoulder[s] an enormous (and, many would argue, unfair) tax burden relative to their income.” This quote directly relates to my research paper for fsem and actually made my brain make a connection between the two classes.
Because I had to read this chapter for my English class, I now know that Marxists see the division between socioeconomic classes as one of the largest divides among humans.
Anyways, I still don’t know very much, but I thought the idea was interesting. Kinda wild that maybe classes relate to each other I guess. (That was sarcasm but it probably didn’t read well, sorry friends)
Have a good day y’all, make some good brain connections this week!