Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism

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Overview

Fredric Jameson is one of the most influential literary and cultural critics writing today. He is a theoretical innovator whose ideas about the intersections of politics and culture have reshaped the critical landscape across the humanities and social sciences. Bringing together ten interviews conducted between 1982 and 2005, Jameson on Jameson is a compellingly candid introduction to his thought for those new to it, and a rich source of illumination and clarification for those seeking deeper understanding. Jameson discusses his intellectual and political preoccupations, most prominently his commitment to Marxism as a way of critiquing capitalism and the culture it has engendered. He explains many of his key concepts, including postmodernism, the dialectic, metacommentary, the political unconscious, the utopian, cognitive mapping, and spatialization.

Jameson on Jameson displays Jameson’s extraordinary grasp of contemporary culture—architecture, art, cinema, literature, philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, and urban geography—as well as the challenge that the geographic reach of his thinking poses to the Eurocentricity of the West. Conducted by accomplished scholars from United States, Egypt, Korea, China, Sweden, and England, the interviews elicit Jameson’s reflections on the broad international significance of his ideas and their applicability and implications in different cultural and political contexts, including the present phase of globalization.

The volume includes an introduction by Jameson and a comprehensive bibliography of his publications in all languages.

Interviewers Mona Abousenna Abbas Al-Tonsi Srinivas Aravamudan Jonathan Culler Sara Danius Leonard Green Sabry Hafez Stuart Hall Stefan Jonsson Ranjana Khanna Richard Klein Horacio Machin Paik Nak-chung Michael Speaks Anders Stephanson Xudong Zhang

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Jameson, the author of The Political Unconscious(1981) and other influential works, is well known for the amazing variety of subjects he discusses. The many readers who find his style hard to grasp will find considerable help in this collection of ten interviews with him that date from the 1980s to the 1990s. The book makes his key concepts accessible: Jameson is a classical Marxist who believes that literature and the other arts reflect the mode of production. In our time, this is capitalism. Accordingly, it is not enough for critics to analyze a writer's personal unconscious, though Jameson is quick to embrace Freudian insights. The critic needs also to see the political unconscious, i.e., the implicit assumptions about the economy, society, and power, at play in a particular work. At the present stage of capitalism, postmodernism has replaced the modernist classics that once formed the literary and artistic canon; and much of Jameson's criticism is devoted to postmodernist works. He by no means confines himself to the European and American scene but displays a keen interest in Asia and Latin America as well. Recommended for literary and cultural criticism collections.
—David Gordon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822341093
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,042,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredric Jameson is William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Signatures of the Visible; Late Marxism: Adorno; or, The Persistence of the Dialectic; The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act; The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism; and Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. His books Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, and The Cultures of Globalization (coedited with Masao Miyoshi) are both also published by Duke University Press.

Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He is a coeditor (with Caren Irr) of On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. His books Deleuzism: A Metacommentary and A Deleuzian Century? are both also published by Duke University Press.

Fredric Jameson is William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Signatures of the Visible; Late Marxism: Adorno; or, The Persistence of the Dialectic; The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act; The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism; and Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. His books Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, and The Cultures of Globalization (coedited with Masao Miyoshi) are both also published by Duke University Press.

Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He is a coeditor (with Caren Irr) of On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. His books Deleuzism: A Metacommentary and A Deleuzian Century? are both also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Introduction: On Not Giving Interviews     1
Interview with Leonard Green, Jonathan Culler, and Richard Klein     11
Interview with Anders Stephanson     44
Interview with Paik Nak-chung     74
Interview with Sabry Hafez, Abbas Al-Tonsi, and Mona Abousenna     99
Interview with Stuart Hall     113
Interview with Michael Speaks     123
Interview with Horacio Machin     135
Interview with Sara Danius and Stefan Jonsson     151
Interview with Xudong Zhang     171
Interview with Srinivas Aravamudan and Ranjana Khanna     203
Bibliography     241
Interviewers     269
Index     273
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