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The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998
Fredric Jameson, a leading voice on the subject of postmodernism, assembles his most powerful writings on the culture of late capitalism in this essential volume. Classic insights on pastiche, nostalgia, and architecture stand alongside essays on the status of history, theory, Marxism, and the subject in an age propelled by finance capital and endless spectacle. Surveying ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 17th 1998 by Verso
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Michel Foucault (a thinker who personally rejected both the postmodernist and poststructuralist labels commonly attached to his writings) was once asked "what is postmodernism?" Sure enough, he answered that somewhat silly question with yet another regressive sort of question. He said that before we begin to concern ourselves with the question of what is meant by postmodernity, we need to adequately understand exactly what was meant by the classification of modernity, that cultural specter that ...more
I'm a Jameson fan, and I don't find his writing to be at all difficult. Perhaps that's because I read in a mainly Marxist/Marxian vein right now (but I do find Adorno 'tricky'). This collection of essays allows for a concise analysis of Jameson's views on postmodernism and its cultural manifestations. I wish I had read this BEFORE Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, as it provides a veritable cheat sheet (in terms of his key points/opinions) and is beautifully subdivided amo ...more
Marxists get boring real fast, don't they? The answer's yes; the question is not rhetorical. Still, folks like Jameson and Lukacs demand a certain level of respect. There's interesting logic and fundamentally good ideas to back up Jameson's take on postmodernism. I'm just not sure this is worth all that much. Is it worth wading through Jameson for the handful of really great bits? I don't find theory or philosophy about postmodernism all that interesting to begin with, so I suppose I have no bus ...more
Jameson is always a challenging thinker, as much for his capacity for dialectical thought as for his authoritative grasp of the different fields of knowledge—history, philosophy, French theory, Marxism, architecture, finance capital—to which he makes reference in the construction of his arguments. In this book, as in Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Jameson deploys a Marxist analysis of postmodern culture, arguing that this latter supplies an approach to a reading of the ...more
i sometimes get lost in the multiple references that jameson's writing builds upon, ranging from experimental film to hegelian philosophy. i find myself googling the many names that i do not know, trying to develop a deeper understanding of what jameson is actually trying to get at. by the time i have read the book that he is talking about, or the movie that he analyzes, i have already forgotten the main idea that i was looking for, and began putting together a different set of thoughts on the m ...more
May 19, 2011 Remi Watts rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Probably no one
While attempting to wade through Jameson's writings and piecing together the thoughts and ideas, the expression "like pulling teeth" is the only thing to come to my mind. The claim that Jameson is 'a leading voice on the subject of postmodernism' misses the mark in a major way. If the banal Jameson is the best voice for an entire cultural period, then either the entire period was a disaster (which, I am sure, there are some who would be of such an opinion), or that Jameson is in fact a poor repr ...more
Fredric Jameson (born 14 April 1934) is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends—he once described postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism. Jameson's best-known books include Postmodernism: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Political Unconscious, and Marxi ...moreMore about Fredric Jameson...