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Fredric Jameson

(1934–) Marxist cultural critic. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Jameson was educated at Haverford College and Yale University. He is renowned for his landmark essay, ‘Postmodernism, or, ...

Jameson, Fredric

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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2,151 words

...by Jameson Jameson, Fredric Sartre: The Origins of a Style . New Haven, 1961; 2d.ed., New York, 1984. Jameson, Fredric Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature . Princeton, N.J., 1971. Jameson, Fredric The Prison House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism . Princeton, N.J., 1972. Jameson, Fredric Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, the Modernist as Fascist . Berkeley, 1979. Jameson, Fredric The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act . Ithaca, N.Y., 1981. Jameson,...

Jameson, Fredric

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Douglas Kellner

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
Length:
2,447 words

.... New York: Guilford, 1991. Buchanan, Ian . Fredric Jameson: Live Theory . London and New York: Continuum, 2006. Burnham, Clint . The Jamesonian Unconscious: The Aesthetics of Marxist Theory . Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995. Dowling, William C. Jameson, Althusser, Marx: An Introduction to “The Political Unconscious.” Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1984. Eagleton, Terry . “Jameson and Form.” New Left Review 59 (September–October 2009): 123–137. Homer, Sean . Fredric Jameson: Marxism, Hermeneutics, Postmodernism . New York:...

Jameson, Fredric

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., Fredric ( 1934–  ), American scholar and critic , born in Cleveland, Ohio, educated at Haverford College and Yale. Perhaps the most distinguished English-language Marxist literary theorist of the post-Second World War period, Jameson has taught at Yale, the University of California, and Duke University. His initial engagement was with Sartre and with French philosophy and literature, but he also confronted the work of Georg Lukács and the Russian Formalists ( see formalism ). His early books, Marxism and Form ( 1971 ) and The Prison-House of...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

...( The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms ( 2015 )). Alongside these works Jameson has also published a series of exercises in dialectical virtuosity: The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit ( 2010 ), Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One ( 2011 ), and Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality ( 2016 ). Further Reading: I. Buchanan Fredric Jameson: Live Theory (2006). R. Tally Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism ...

Jameson, Fredric

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
1,464 words

..., Fredric ( b. 1934 ), American literary critic and cultural theorist . Jameson's contributions to contemporary cultural studies can be divided into four areas: Marxist theories of culture and ideology; synthesis of Marxism and poststructuralism; critical analysis of poststructuralists such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida ; and Postmodernism. Marxism and Form ( 1971 ) contains thorough critical accounts of key twentieth‐century Marxist theorists. Three aspects of this text adumbrate Jameson's later and more influential work: (1) his...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Literature
Length:
289 words

..., Fredric ( 1934– ) , American Marxist cultural critic. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was educated at Haverford College and Yale University, where he completed his doctorate; he would later teach at Yale and Duke University. His doctorate, titled Sartre: The Origins of a Style (1961), established Jean-Paul Sartre ’s literary work as a template for exploring to what degree an author’s work is a symptom of his or her political situation. This introduced his view that all cultural texts are historical allegories. In the next decade, his works critically...

Jameson, Fredric Ruff

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The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
3,507 words

..., Fredric Ruff ( 1934– ) Fredric Jameson was born on 14 April 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was awarded a BA from Haverford College in 1954, an MA from Yale in 1956, and his PhD in French from Yale in 1959. His dissertation was on “The Origins of Sartre’s Style.” Jameson began his teaching career at Harvard University as an instructor of French from 1959 to 1961, and was assistant professor from 1961 to 1967. In 1967 he accepted a position as professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California at San Diego. In 1976 he became a...

Fredric Jameson and Cultural Studies

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Robert T. Tally

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
7,355 words

... Jameson and Cultural Studies Introduction Fredric Jameson is the leading Marxist literary and cultural critic not only in the United States but throughout the English-speaking world. Indeed, Jameson is arguably one of the leading literary critics and theorists in the world, as has been symbolically registered in his receipt of the Modern Language Association’s prestigious lifetime achievement award and of the Holberg International Memorial Prize, which is something of a Nobel Prize for philosophy, criticism, law, and theology and whose recent winners...

Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson  

(1934–)Marxist cultural critic. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Jameson was educated at Haverford College and Yale University. He is renowned for his landmark essay, ‘Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of ...
Obscurity

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
910 words
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Oxford University Press

...thinking about its attributes becomes an adjunct to that, if it is unwilling to betray its object; while the most austere films necessarily draw their energy from the attempt to repress their own excess (rather than from the more thankless effort to discipline the viewer).” Fredric Jameson , Signatures of the Visible 1 ( 1992 ). • “If such a sublime cyborg would insinuate the future as post-Fordist subject, his palpably masochistic locations as ecstatic agent of the sublime superstate need to be decoded as the ‘now all-but-unreadable DNA’ of the fast...

political unconscious

political unconscious  

A concept created by Fredric Jameson to articulate the implicit political dimension of creative works. First proposed in The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (1981), the ...
nostalgia for the present

nostalgia for the present  

Fredric Jameson's apparently paradoxical formulation naming the attraction of the spectacle of the presence in the here and now of the past that certain films seem to provide. His key exhibit is the ...
transcoding

transcoding  

American cultural critic Fredric Jameson's term for his comparative analysis of what he calls theoretical discourses or codes, such as deconstruction, structuralism, post-structuralism, and so on. He ...
metacommentary

metacommentary  

American cultural critic Fredric Jameson's term for his comparative analysis of competing interpretive methods. Jameson says that the metacommentary implies a model not unlike Sigmund Freud's ...
waning of affect

waning of affect  

A feature of the new depthlessness in art attributed to the cultural transformation known as postmodernism as described in Fredric Jameson's essay ‘Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late ...
alternate modernity

alternate modernity  

The theory in development studies and Postcolonialism that different parts of the world experienced modernity in their own fashion and at their own time. This theory is especially prominent in China ...
floating signifier

floating signifier  

A signifier without a specific signified (see sign). Also known as an ‘empty signifier’, it is a signifier that absorbs rather than emits meaning. For example, Fredric Jameson suggests that the shark ...
late capitalism

late capitalism  

A term used in Marxism since the 1930s, but brought into prominence in critical theory by the work of economic historian Ernest Mandel with the publication of Der Spätkapitalismus (1972), translated ...
hysterical sublime

hysterical sublime  

Fredric Jameson's suggested term for a reformulated vision of the sublime (in Kant's sense) focused on technology rather than nature. Kant defined nature as sublime because it consistently exceeds ...
geopolitical aesthetic

geopolitical aesthetic  

A type of narrative whose essential subject is the inter-relations between nation states. Fredric Jameson coined the concept for a series of lectures he gave at the British Film Institute in London ...

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