I was sent the following query as a followup to the recent post on the review of Macherey’s Hegel or Spinoza:
With all the recent notices over the new translation of Pierre
Macherey’s Hegel or Spinoza, I was thinking of taking a look at it, but as a complete newcomer, I’m not sure if it’s the best work to start with. Would you know of any good starter primer’s or
introductory texts on Macherey available in English? Specifically texts by Macherey himself?
I’m posting this here because I am definitely not the right person to answer it – and perhaps someone reading this blog is. My tentative answer would be to say that the In a Materialist Way collection, edited by Warren Montag, would be a good place to go, along with Montag’s essay in that, and Ruddick’s intro to Hegel or Spinoza. His work on literary theory is translated, but I suspect that is not the best way in. As far as I know, Macherey’s contribution to the Althusser led collection Lire le Capital is not in English – the English Reading Capital (online here) only includes Althusser and Balibar’s contributions. Rancière, Macherey and Establet’s pieces did not make it into the English version. But I suspect reading even what is in English would be helpful to see where Macherey was coming from. Macherey has a website here which may be helpful for those who read French. Any other suggestions?
[update: be sure to read the comments to this post – thanks Sue, Clive, Nicholas and David]