Ideologies of Theoryby Fredric Jameson
Ideologies of Theory, updated and available for the first time in a single volume, brings together theoretical essays that span Fredric Jameson’s long career as a critic. They chart a body of work suspended by the twin poles of literary scholarship and political history, occupying a space vibrant with the tension between critical exegesis and the/i>
Ideologies of Theory, updated and available for the first time in a single volume, brings together theoretical essays that span Fredric Jameson’s long career as a critic. They chart a body of work suspended by the twin poles of literary scholarship and political history, occupying a space vibrant with the tension between critical exegesis and the Marxist intellectual tradition. Jameson’s work pushes out the boundaries of the text, making evident the interaction between literature and the disciplines of psychoanalysis, philosophy and cultural theory, all of which are shown to be inseparable from their ideological milieu.
The essays in this volume track a shift from ideological analysis to the phenomenology of everyday life, and constitute a rigorous and passionate argument for the necessity of theory as the simultaneous critique of empiricism and idealist philosophy.
“Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today ... It can be truly said that nothing cultural is alien to him.”—Colin MacCabe
This expanded, single-volume edition of a two-volume collection first published in 1988 offers a deep and wide range of critical essays that eloquently demonstrate how ideology serves as a sturdy bridge between such poles as "fantasy and cognition...economics and aesthetics...[and] the private and the public." Jameson (Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Duke Univ.) includes pieces of varying length (from ten to nearly 50 pages) that he's composed between 1971 and 2008, which together show the maturation and sturdiness of intellectual rigor that was born in the politically charged 1960s. While his commentaries on Roland Barthes and Jean-FranAois Lyotard are as expected as his use and critique of Marxism, his serious concern with Ursula Le Guin and shopping malls is surprising but no less compelling. Students of postmodern history and literature will derive much from this work, while educated baby boomers will be delighted to find it on a larger public library's new books shelf. The compilation is rigorously rich, intellectually and aesthetically rewarding, and accessible.
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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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