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Fredric Jameson: An unslaked thirst for totalisation

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It is widely agreed that Fredric Jameson is the major Marxist theoretician in the English-speaking world today and also a key figure in the massive intellectual constellation dubbed 'postmodern'. Author of one of the first studies of Sartre published in the United States, some years later Jameson offered a landmark introduction to the set of major authors in what he called the 'dialectical tradition'. The encounter between Jameson's project and the debate on postmodernity, which was in no sense either spontaneous or predetermined, is nevertheless inscribed in the precise point where the History revealed by the 'political unconscious' crosses history in the present and politics tout court.

Keywords: dialectical hermeneutic; Fredric Jameson; Marxism



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