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The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998

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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
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Published June 17th 1998 by Verso
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Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 contemporary histo ...more
Harry Doble
A set of essays by American cultural theorist Fredric Jameson. I am basing my review on both the content of The Cultural Turn and a lecture I watched of him speaking at the Georg Forster Lecture in 2012 titled "The Aesthetics of Singularity: Time and Event in Postmodernity". There's a lot to take in with Jameson's work and I am dazzled with a lot of impressions, not all of which I am sure are accurate. The most important for me is connected to Jameson's distinction between postmodernism and post ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro. Se trata de un compilado de textos de Fredric Jameson sobre posmodernismo publicados entre 1983 y 1998. Esta ventana temporal permite ver el arco conceptual en el que Jameson ubica al posmodernismo. No es un estudio histórico, es más bien parte de lo que se conoce como estudios culturales. Sobre la base de una lectura siempre renovada de Hegel y Marx, Jameson propone abordar la posmodernidad no sólo como cultura, sino como una producción de criterios múltiples de pensamiento que ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am led to believe many of these essays were the source work for Jameson's book, Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, and cover some of the same material. However, that is not to say these chapters should be skipped, and with the inclusion of several essays that followed the publication of Postmodernism, this book gives deeper insight into Jameson's truly singular contribution to the subject.
Darío Palacín
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sus descripciones estéticas son difíciles de seguir, pero se trata de una serie de 8 conferencias de lo más interesantes para adentrarse en muchos de los problemas que plantea el término "posmoderno". Quizás salgas con más dudas de las que entraste, pero para eso sirve el conocimiento.
Маx Nestelieiev
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: english
compilations and redundant repetitions of his previous ideas, boring and useless. POTCLOLC is still his best work, pardon my French, but Fred is a tedious leftist with outdated worldview.
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
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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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
Remi Watts
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Slim, provocative volume.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as easy to follow on the power dynamics of architecture as, say, Mike Davis, but worth wrestling with.
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Love Fredric Jameson, brilliant writing, brilliant thoughts, immense scope, and for me? A very useful way of thinking about postmodernism...
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Also the best of Jameson.
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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.

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