Terug naar de basis… en bovenbouw! | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 105, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-5275
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1244


The metaphor of base and superstructure has been one of the most controversial elements in Marxist aesthetics. In this text I discuss some of the many questions it raises. Today, many theorists believe that its problems are so extensive that it has lost all plausibility. I believe, however, that in rejecting the Marxist framework, aesthetics and cultural theory risks throwing out the baby with the bath water and jeopardizes its critical potential. Drawing on the work of Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek, I will propose a heuristic reinterpretation of the metaphor of base and superstructure.


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