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Fredric R. Jameson, Marxist theorist and professor of comparative literature at Duke University, was born in Cleveland in 1934. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught at Harvard, the University of California at San Diego, and Yale University before moving to Duke in 1985. He most show more famous work is Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, which won the Modern Language Association's Lowell Award. Jameson was among the first to associate a specific set of political and economic circumstances with the term postmodernism. His other books include Sartre: The Origin of a Style, The Seeds of Time, and The Cultural Turn. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Fredri Jameson, Fredric Jameson, Frederic Jameson

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Works by Fredric Jameson

The Political Unconscious (1981) 622 copies
Marxism and Form (1971) 244 copies
The Prison-House of Language (1972) 242 copies
The Antinomies Of Realism (2013) 132 copies
Valences of the Dialectic (2009) 130 copies
Brecht and Method (1998) 112 copies
Signatures of the Visible (1990) 106 copies
The Modernist Papers (2007) 91 copies
The Seeds of Time (1994) 85 copies
Allegory and Ideology (2019) 81 copies
Syntax of History (1988) 80 copies
The Benjamin Files (2020) 76 copies
Situations of Theory (1988) 71 copies
The Sixties, Without Apology (1984) — Editor — 35 copies
Sartre: Origins of Style (1961) 16 copies
Modernizm Ideolojisi (2008) 5 copies
Sartre After Sartre (1985) 3 copies
Zamanin Tohumlari (2020) 2 copies
Kültürel Dönemec (2016) 2 copies
Mythen der Moderne. (2004) 2 copies
Kapital'i Sahnelemek (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Aesthetics and Politics (2007) — Afterword — 647 copies
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (1984) — Contributor — 227 copies
Mapping Ideology (1994) — Contributor — 188 copies
Lord Jim [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (1996) — Contributor — 154 copies
Verso 2015 Mixtape — Contributor — 2 copies


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Super theoretical and dense! But if you can forgive the overuse of German phrases with no English equivalent this serves as a really good primer to some very exciting sci-fi! I can't wait to read (or watch the movie verison of) Solaris!
uncleflannery | 1 other review | May 16, 2020 |
In Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality Fredric Jameson returns to his work on the detective novel, focusing this time on Chandler. As usual Jameson makes nuanced observations and posits very reasonable and well-argued points for their presence. Some basic readers may claim Jameson is claiming things Chandler never consciously intended which, while in some cases may be true, is moot in that reading is a dynamic partnership and both the writing and the reading are contextualized within different realities (era, location, social and cultural norms, etc) so Chandler consciously choosing something makes no difference to what it may represent about Chandler's time or about a reader's time.

For Chandler fans there is much to appreciate. Jameson grounds his observations with textual support. One may agree, wholly or in part, with his interpretations or disagree but one cannot say it isn't textually based. Whether discussing spatiality, particularity (Ford rather than car) or Chandler's social typography Jameson highlights aspects of the texts that may have, for most readers, been nothing more than setting the scene. yet setting a scene, like taking a photograph, is as much about choosing what is seen and what is not seen. Those choices were indeed Chandler's.

For literary theorists, whether Marxist or not, Jameson gives many new perspectives with which to look at the novels. Non-theorists will just dismiss with a wave of the hand and claim Chandler didn't mean it, which, as I stated, means nothing. Theorists and serious readers will find some agreement with Jameson or perhaps find other ways of explaining the themes and trends Chandler had running throughout his novels.

This is not a casual read but neither is it a particularly dense nor convoluted read. It will be accessible to most readers, particularly those who choose to engage rather than dismiss before even engaging. I would recommend this to both Chandler fans, with the caveat that this is not a basic overview of plots, and those interested in how literature (particularly popular literature) works and what it can say about the society that both produced and consumed it.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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pomo58 | 2 other reviews | May 27, 2017 |
His writing has a remarkable resemblance to projectile vomiting.
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johnclaydon | Apr 17, 2017 |
An interesting critique of Raymond Chandler and his novels.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Verso Books via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
Welsh_eileen2 | 2 other reviews | Sep 1, 2016 |



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