Fredric Jameson. Marxism, Hermeneutics, Postmodernism. Key Contemporary Thinkers

  • ID: 2249270
  • Book
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book provides the first comprehensive critical analysis of the work of Fredric Jameson, one of the most important cultural critics writing today. Homer provides a clear exposition and appraisal of Jameson′s theories and an assessment of his contribution to contemporary cultural theory.

Homer reappraises Jameson′s writing in the context of European and Anglo–American critical and social theory. Detailed analyses are given of contemporary debates within Marxist cultural theory, post–structuralism and postmodernism, including dialectical theories of literature, the representation of history, the politics of desire, spatial theory, and the status of totalizing thought. All of Jameson′s major works are considered and Homer gives a lucid and critical assessment of the debates to which they have given rise.

Fredric Jameson will be invaluable to students and academics in literary and cultural studies, sociology and media studies, as well as those interested in one of the leading thinkers of our time.

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Abbreviations.

Introduction.

Sartre: From Situation to History.

Part I: The Dialectics of Form: .

The Logic of Form.

The Logic of Content.

Metacommentary. .

Part II: History: The Political Unconscious: .

Marxism and Historicism.

History as Political Unconscious.

History as Narrative.

History as Whose Narrative?.

Part III: The Politics of Desire: .

Ideologies of Pleasure.

Ideologies of Desire.

The Production of Desire.

Versions of a Libidinal Apparatus.

The Dialectic of Ideology and Utopia.

Part IV: Postmodernism and Late Capitalism: .

The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.

The Periodization of Late Capitalism.

Video Art and Postmodern Textuality.

Realism – Modernism – Postmodernism.

The Dialectic of Modernism and Postmodernism.

Part V: The Spatial Logic of Late Capitalism: .

The Reassertion of Space in Social Theory.

The Phenomenology of Postmodernism.

The Social Production of Space.

The Semiotics of Space.

The Spatio–Temporal Dialectic of Modernity and Postmodernity.

Part VI: Marxism, Totality and the Politics of Difference: .

The Postmodern Critique of Totality.

Marxism and Totality.

Mediation and Reification.

The Third World: Identity and Difference.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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"The text is extremely well researched, written and organized, covering the entirety of Jameson′s corpus. The study is also very lively and polemical, bringing in a wide range of critical literature to bear on Jameson′s thought. There is no such comparable book on the market which provides such a comprehensive and engaging study."Douglas Kellner, University of Texas at Austin

"A lucid and accessible guide to Jameson′s work." Radical Philosophy

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