Journeys through the Ideological Unconscious: Marx, Althusser and Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Juan Carlos Rodríguez, who studied under Althusser in Paris in the 1970s, advanced beyond the positions that the French Marxist mapped out. He did this by theorizing the existence of an ideological unconscious, to be set alongside its libidinal or Freudian counterpart. This book elucidates and elaborates upon the workings of this ideological unconscious through the close analysis of literary production in Spain, extending over the transition from feudalism to capitalism. It also explores the extent to which the ideological unconscious intertwines, historically, with the libidinal unconscious. The conclusions reached will challenge assumptions commonly held by sociologists, Hispanists and cultural historians of all kinds.
EEducated at Bristol University, Professor Malcolm K. Read gained his PhD at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he lectured in Spanish from 1968 to 1980. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Auckland University, New Zealand, from 1980 to 1993, during which time he held a Visiting Professorship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica (1987). He moved to the USA in 1993 to become Chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he taught until his retirement in 2012.
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