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The Jameson Reader

Michael Hardt (Editor), Kathi Weeks (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20270-7 July 2000 Wiley-Blackwell 420 Pages


This book brings together key essays and excerpts from the broad spectrum of Frederic Jameson's writings, providing an accessible introduction to the intricacies of his thought and uncovering new and exciting aspects of his work.

Part I: Paradigms of Interpretation:.

1. On Interpretation: Literature as a Socially Symbolic Act (1981).

2. Towards Dialectical Criticism (1971).

3. T.W. Adorno (1971).

4. Roland Barthes and Structuralism (1972).

5. Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan (1977).

Part II: Marxism and Culture: .

6. On Jargon (1977).

7. Base and Superstructure (1990).

8. Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture (1979).

9. Marxism and the Historicity of Theory: An Interview by Xudong Zhang (1998).

10. Five Theses on Actually Existing Marxism.

Part III: Postmodernism:.

11. Beyond the Cave: Demystifying the Ideology of Modernism (1975).

12. Postmodernism, or The Cultural Login of Late Capitalism (1984).

13. The Antinomies of Postmodernity (1994).

14. Culture and Finance Capital (1997).

Part IV: Exercises in Cognitive Mapping: .

15. Cognitive Mapping (1998).

16. Class and Allegory in Contemporary Mass Culture: Dog Day Afternoon as a Political Film (1977).

17. National Allegory in Wyndham Lewis (1979).

18. Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism (1986).

19. Totality as Conspiracy (1992).

Part V: Utopia: .

20. Introduction/Prospectus: To Reconsider the Relationship of Marxism to Utopian Thought (1976).

21. World-Reduction in Le Guin: The Emergence of Utopian Narrative (1975).

22. Utopian and Anti-Utopianism (1994).



* Provides a vital introduction to one of the century's major thinkers.
* Reveals Jameson's systematic vision of the contemporary world.
* Represents the broad spectrum of Jameson's work, including major seminal texts to lesser-known works.