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The Stumbling Block Of Fredric Jameson

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Fredric Jameson has argued on more than one occasion that, rather than the sparring partners they are so often represented as being, Marxism and religion, or, more specifically, Christianity, both gain rather than lose from their affinities with each other: 'any comparison of Marxism with religion is a two-way street'? In Archaeologies of the Future - the major focus of this chapter - the author finds both of these approaches operating in some tension with each other. While Jameson often sidesteps religion in his discussion of utopia, thereby following his line that religion has been superseded, at others this double hermeneutic of ideology and utopia shows its face. The chapter explores this tension, concluding with some suggestions as to what a dialectical reading of religion and utopia might look like in light of Jameson's own suggestions.

Keywords: Archaeologies of the Future; Fredric Jameson; Marxism; religion; utopia



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