Brecht and Method

Overview

Fredric Jameson elegantly dissects the intricate connections between Brecht's drama and politics, demonstrating the way these combined to shape a unique and powerful influence on a profoundly troubled epoch. Through Brecht's entire corpus and a cryptic work, unpublished in Brecht's lifetime, entitled Me-ti; Book of Twists and Turns, Jameson finds Brecht not prescriptive but performative. He sees Brecht's method as a multi-layered process of reflection, reference and self-reference, which tears open a gap for ...
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Overview

Fredric Jameson elegantly dissects the intricate connections between Brecht's drama and politics, demonstrating the way these combined to shape a unique and powerful influence on a profoundly troubled epoch. Through Brecht's entire corpus and a cryptic work, unpublished in Brecht's lifetime, entitled Me-ti; Book of Twists and Turns, Jameson finds Brecht not prescriptive but performative. He sees Brecht's method as a multi-layered process of reflection, reference and self-reference, which tears open a gap for individuals to situate themselves in the third person, and to use that self-projection in history as a basis for judgement.
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Colin MacCabe
“Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today . . . it can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him.”
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“Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today ... it can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him.”—Colin MacCabe

“The most muscular of writers.”—Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676774
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,436,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture’s relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.
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Table of Contents

1 Nutzliches 1
2 Monadic Chronologies 5
3 Triangulating Brecht 19
4 Estrangements of the Estrangement-Effect 35
5 Autonomization 43
6 Episch, or, the Third Person 51
7 Dualities of the Subject 58
8 From Multiplicity to Contradiction 66
9 Pedagogy as Autoreferentiality 89
10 Parable 99
11 Grundgestus 105
12 Casus 118
13 Allegory 122
14 Proverbs and Peasant History 131
15 Registers and Generic Discontinuities 140
16 Representability of Capitalism 149
17 'Beinah' 161
18 Modernity 165
19 Actuality 168
20 Historicity 175
Index 181
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