Theory 6 – Marxism

The requirement to judge all activities of a society, its artistic activities included, in political perspective.

Doris Lessing ‘The cleft’ –  Lessing confronts the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women manage to live side by side in the world and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence. Although over a century since the establishment of the suffragettes, Lessing continues to confront issues of  perception of the roles of both genders.

In the book she writes of the very earliest form of human, with women being maternal, unadventurous homemakers and of men being adventure seekers, rebels who show no interest in homemaking. There are many political connotations associated with this.

Since the suffrogettes in the late 19th century to the present day, women have been fighting for years to be acknowledged as equals to men. In contrast, men’s rights movement (MRM) fight for rights generally associated with divorce and children.

‘The Cleft’ from a political standpoint discusses issues that were proliferate pre-19th century but are a complete contrast to today’s mens and womens rights.

Hans Giger ‘Necromonicon’ – Marxism attempts to show how art is tied to specific classes, how images contain information about the economy. ‘Necromonicon’ is a series of paintings that depict fantasy, horror and sex as the main themes.There are no apparent political motivations (intentional or accidental) in the production of this work. Therefore I don’t see the relevance in applying the Marxist theory here.


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