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Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

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Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson's first book-length engagement with Marx's magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx's thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Verso
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Jan 22, 2016 Rhys rated it really liked it
"This is why the Marxian analysis of globalization, to which the very dynamic of Capital outlined here entitles us, allows a welcome recoding of these multiple situations of misery and enforced idleness, of populations helplessly in prey to the incursions of warlords and charitable agencies alike, of naked life in all the metaphysical senses in which the sheer biological temporality of existences without activity and without production can be interpreted. To think of all of this in terms of a ki ...more
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Mar 13, 2014 Tom L rated it it was amazing
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a bit slow moving to begin with, but works up to a very persuasive reading of capital that places unemployment at the centre of vol 1. lots of other jamesonian insights along the way. not jameson's tightest book to date, but sill packs a mean dialectical punch.
Peter Harrison
As an introduction to Volume One of Marx's Capital, this book does not quite meet the standard set by David Harvey's superb "Companion to Marx's Capital". On a purely practical level it suffers as a companion to reading the original work by not clearly referencing which sections Jameson is discussing throughout. The focus is very much on the philosophical underpinning, and particularly the dialectics of Marx's work, and less on the purely economics. This allows Jameson to bring out some ...more
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Dec 19, 2014 Gregg Wingo rated it it was amazing
Jameson has accomplished the rehabilitation of Karl Marx in our post-socialist world. Marx' immense contributions to the study of economics have long been overshadowed by his political writings. Dr. Jameson analysis of Capital Vol. I focuses on Marx the scientist and reveals how a scientific reading of the work provides a clearer understanding of the second era of globalization and the Great Recession.

While he concentrates on Marx' theme of the inherent need for unemployment in the capitalist sy
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Mar 23, 2012 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it
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Representing Capital is a smart title for its pun. Marx's Capital is a representation of the capital as a system at a particular historical space-time. So Jameson's representation or translation or transcoding of Marx's capital is just what's needed for our particular historical space-time: globalization and structural unemployment. Capital stands or falls a s a representation of system, says Jameson. And that's why it's necessary to represent Marxi's capital today, 'cause as the system evolves, ...more
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Aug 01, 2013 Max Hodges rated it did not like it
a dead serious, completely impenetrable, unreadable book, full obscure jargon and unexplained literary references, an example of academia at its most loathsome and most removed from the real world.
Umut E. B. (Kareler ve Sayfalar)
Kapital okumasında kafası karşısan okur için Kapital'i Sahnelemek masanızın üzerinde duran ve sayfalarıyla sizinle konuşan bir danışman niteliğinde. Yazısı da blog'da.
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The most innovative (re)reading of Marx's Capital since Althusser and Balibar's Lire le capital.
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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 ...more
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