Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud in the 1980s

Werner Dannhauser and Steven Marcus describe why Marx and Freud are two inescapable cultural and intellectual forces of the nineteenth century and discuss parallels and differences between Freudian psychoanalytical and Marxist political theory. Dannhauser and Marcus also talk about the intentions of Marx and Freud, and the legacy of their doctrines. The speakers describe common misconceptions of Freudian and Marxist theory.

At the time of this interview, Dannhauser, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1981-83), was professor of government at Cornell University. Marcus, a Fellow at the Center (1980-82) and a trustee of the Center, was professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.


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