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Cultural critic Fredric Jameson, renowned for his incisive studies of the passage of modernism to postmodernism, returns to the movement that dramatically broke with all tradition in search of progress for the first time since his acclaimed A Singular Modernity .

The Modernist Papers is a tour de force of analysis and criticism, in which Jameson brings his dynamic and acute
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by Verso (first published July 9th 2007)
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Christian Haines
Aug 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Essentially, this is a collection of Jameson's past essays on the subject of modernism. It's billed, correctly I think, as a companion piece or appendix to the much tighter volume A Singular Modernity. A couple of the pieces are classics - "Modernism and Imperialism," "Ulysses and History" - and a couple are new - "Joyce or Proust?" "The Poetics of Totality." The essays can be repetitive, at times, as they all revolve around themes of reification, fragmentation, and the dialectic between ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exemplifies the tremendous verve and acuity of Jameson's practice of criticism. The texts in this compendium are signposts guiding us through his development into the eponymous figure he is today. I most highly recommend "The Poetics of Totality" and "Joyce or Proust?" but even where one is not familiar with the subject, Jameson is indefatigably interesting.
Joseph Fontinha
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The range of the essays and their relation to popular culture is mind blowing. The essays on Kafka and on Wallace Stevens are truly eye opening. Not easy to read, never rolling off the tongue, but always rewarding to get though. He is one of my favorites and this was one of my favorites of his.
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Articles and shorter essays like these is where you find Jameson at his best and most light-hearted.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Parochial, at best.
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Also Jameson at his best.
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Fredric Jameson 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 Marxism and Form.