Marxist literary criticism, as far as I can understand it, says that literature is a reflection of the societal values imparted on the writer. It is a representation of the attitudes of society as a whole. So how would Marxist criticism deal with the fact that in this case, the writer was someone who was about as detached from any society as one could be during that time period? Shelley’s father was the pioneer of anarchism. It seems to me that Shelley’s personal views are entirely incompatible with Marxism, not because they are opposing, but because they exist entirely outside of the scope Marxism operates in. How can this be explained?

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