Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fredric Jameson, The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998

Fredric Jameson, The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998
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No one would contest that Fredric Jameson, one of the leading Marxist critics in the English-speaking world, has had an immense impact on the way we now understand the phenomenon of postmodernism. His classic work Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, has been widely acclaimed as the seminal analysis of postmodernity from a cultural, philosophical, and historical perspective. Jameson’s reflections have become an essential reference-point for all those attempting to engage with postmodernism. However, until now his key writings on postmodernism have been unavailable in an easily accessible and affordable form. This book, designed as a short and convenient introduction to Jameson’s thought for both the student and the general reader, meets this need. It includes: “Postmodernism and the Consumer Society,” Jameson’s classic analysis of postmodernity; “Marxism and Postmodernism,” in which Jameson responds to his critics; “Theories of the Postmodern,” his survey of alternative approaches; “The Antinomies of Postmodernity,” an extract from his recently published work, The Seeds of Time, in which he surveys the philosophical tensions embedded in the postmodern; “‘End of Art’ or ‘End of History’?” and “Transformations of the Image in Postmodernity,” two pieces hitherto unpublished in English on art and the image in the postmodern epoch. The Cultural Turn is an indispensable reference guide to the most arresting and substantial theorists of postmodernism.

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