If one of French Maoism’s main contributions to the sixties’ cultural turn was a theory of the relative autonomy of ideology, one of US Maoism’s main contributions was identity politics. A product of the application of Mao’s theory of contradiction to US circumstances, identity politics also represented a reinvention of ideology critique by US Third World and Black feminist movements, though in this case directed to practical ends.
Identity Politics, Criticism, and Self-Criticism
Colleen Lye teaches English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. She is currently working on two projects: a book on Asian American literature after 1968, and a coedited companion on Marxist criticism and theory after the sixties.
Colleen Lye; Identity Politics, Criticism, and Self-Criticism. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 October 2020; 119 (4): 701–714. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8663603
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