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Signatures of the Visible

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The visual is essentially pornographic," writes Fredric Jameson, "films ask us to stare at the world as though it were a naked body." In Signatures of the Visible, one of America's most influential critics explores film and the culture surrounding it, interrogating the relationship between the imaginative screen world and the historical world onto which it is projected. By ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 14th 1992 by Routledge (first published 1990)
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Aug 23, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
Esto nos lleva a un resultado inesperado: no se trata solo de que la fantasía encarnada en el lenguaje mudo de un edificio pueda articular la utopía de la justicia, libertad e igualdad, traicionada por las relaciones sociales reales; esta fantasía también puede articular un anhelo por la desigualdad, por una jerarquía claramente definida y por distinciones de clase. Jameson toma la película de Stanley Kubrick El resplandor, otra película centrada en la arquitectura, como un ejemplo de esta ambig ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
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Once again, this book is lacking a definition of allegory and I'm not a Marxist so I don't really believe that everything ("The Shining" for example) can be read as an allegory for class consciousness. But it at least gives you something to talk about.
Nov 27, 2009 Pejman rated it really liked it
with his rhetoric, Jameson always amazes me. In this book, he develps his previous discussion by contextualising his term 'political unconscious' in some films.
William West
Jameson isn't capable of being un-interesting, but I did not find this o be equal to his strongest works.
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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 ...more
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