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

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Verso, 1998 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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A convenient introduction to Jameson's key writings on postmodernism. No one would contest that Fredric Jameson, one of the leading Marxist critics in the English-speaking world, has had an immense impact on the way we now understand the phenomenon of postmodernism. His classic work, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, has been widely acclaimed as the seminal analysis of postmodernity from a cultural, philosophical and historical perspective. Jameson's reflections have become an essential reference-point for all those attempting to engage with postmodernism. However, until now his key writings on postmodernism have been unavailable in an easily accessible and affordable form. This book, designed as a short and convenient introduction to Jameson's thought for both the student and the general reader, meets this need. Jameson on Postmodernism includes: * "Postmodernism and Consumer Society," Jameson's classic analysis of postmodernity * "Marxism and Postmodernism," in which Jameson responds to his critics * "Theories of the Postmodern," his survey of alternative approaches * "The Antinomies of Postmodernity," an extract from his recently published work, The Seeds of Time, in which he surveys the philosophical tensions embedded in the postmodern * "'End of Art' or 'End of History?'" and "Transformations of the Image in Postmodernity," two pieces hitherto unpublished in English on art and the image in the postmodern epoch. The Cultural Turn is an indispensable reference guide to the most arresting and substantial theorists of postmodernism.

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Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

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