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Fredric Jameson
Fredric Jameson
Carolyn Lesjak

Fredric Jameson’s work might best be characterized as a series of political and methodological commitments: to Marxism, dialectics, historical materialism, narrative, the aesthetic, and the utopian. An unrepentant dialectician who continues to insist on the particular efficacy of dialectical criticism in the current moment, Jameson espouses an assertion he made in one of his earliest books, Marxism and Form (1971), namely, that ‘the great themes of Hegel’s philosophy – the relationship of part to whole, the opposition between concrete and abstract, the concept of totality, the dialectic of appearance and essence, the interaction between subject and object – are once again the order of the day’ (xix). Although this pronouncement came in 1971 at a time ...

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