On Jameson: from postmodernism to globalization by Caren Irr

By Caren Irr

Offers an interrogation of Jameson's serious legacy.

One of the major figures within the debate over postmodernism within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, Fredric Jameson is considered an important Marxist theoretician and cultural critic writing in the United States this day. even supposing Jameson's value as an international highbrow has been widely known for your time, not one of the literature covers the entire variety of his paintings. This well timed assortment displays on Jameson's whole physique of labor and demonstrates its capability to form the rising box of globalization reviews. specialists in literary concept, Slavic reports, movie feedback, and religious study discover the importance of Jameson's paintings for his or her diversified fields. The participants deal with Jameson's paintings as a classy and interconnected entire, and take care of many subject matters, together with his impact in China and Russia, his pursuits in moment- and third-world cinema and literature, and his lifelong ardour for technological know-how fiction. As On Jameson unearths, integrating those matters is Jameson's venture of manufacturing a serious idea of up to date international cultures.

“The first query to invite approximately an edited quantity is: why does it exist? the cloth on Jameson in English is comparatively meager contemplating the level of his impact, and so any ebook devoted to a detailed engagement along with his paintings is welcome. via a touch extra bold common sense criterion—a quantity like this may still acquire very important essays on a major subject in a roughly coherent way—the publication succeeds admirably.” — symplokē

"The individuals exude a feeling of the more youthful iteration claiming Jameson's paintings as its personal, no longer defensively or via basic id with any political line, yet as a part of an ongoing set of highbrow struggles with the easiest that has been identified and thought of the most important problems with their/our personal time." — Bruce Robbins, writer of Feeling worldwide: Internationalism in Distress

Contributors comprise Roland Boer, Ian Buchanan, Vitaly Chernetsky, Sean Homer, Caren Irr, Carolyn Lesjak, Michael Rothberg, Robert Seguin, Imre Szeman, Evan Watkins, and Phillip E. Wegner.

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Together, these three aspects of representation significantly complicate the notion of realism as simply mimetic insofar as the problematic nature of representation must now be part of any “realist” project. This then is the task that cognitive mapping has before it. But Jameson’s interest in Althusser also rests in transcoding his notion of ideology in spatial terms (and vice versa), with the help of Lynch’s analysis of urban space. What Lynch adds to Jameson’s theory is an emphasis on the inability of individuals within this dialectic to map their own position as individual subjects to the social structure as a whole.

What Lynch adds to Jameson’s theory is an emphasis on the inability of individuals within this dialectic to map their own position as individual subjects to the social structure as a whole. )45 The problem of reification, that is, takes on a decidedly spatial dimension within late capitalism. The project of cognitive mapping thus becomes as much about “placing” the individual subject within a fully global system as it is about simply describing that system. Indeed, existential as opposed to abstract knowledge becomes paramount, since this former way of knowing alone can connect individuals lived experience to the global structures determining that experience.

Otherwise what are we here for? What do we want descendants for? New things are to be found in reality, we must grasp reality. ”1 After acknowledging the strength of this style, Eagleton then goes on to address its more problematic aspects, suggesting that the appropriative nature of Jameson’s thought, its ability to voraciously absorb all other critical perspectives like an “unrepentant bricoleur” finally weakens its political import. 3 With respect to this latter point, historicization for Eagleton is in no way “a specifically Marxist recommendation; and that even though Jameson would no doubt gladly concede the point (since for him, as an Hegelian Marxist, ‘Marx includes Hegel’), such a concession merely blurs the specificity of Marxism 27 28 HISTORY, NARRATIVE, AND REALISM itself, which is not at all to ‘historicize’ .

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