The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act

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Routledge, 2002 - Communism and literature - 296 pages
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In this ground-breaking and influential study Fredric Jameson explores the complex place and function of literature within culture. At the time Jameson was actually writing the book, in the mid to late seventies, there was a major reaction against deconstruction and poststructuralism. As one of the most significant literary theorists, Jameson found himself in the unenviable position of wanting to defend his intellectual past yet keep an eye on the future. With this book he carried it off beautifully. A landmark publication, The Political Unconscious takes its place as one of the most meaningful works of the twentieth century.century.

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On one level, I like Jameson a lot. I agree with him about a lot of important stuff: yes, most art contains hefty doses of ideology (lies we tell ourselves so we feel better about living in a crappy ... Read full review

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Fredric Jameson(1934-). Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University and one of the most provocative and influential cultural critics of our age.

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