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  • Marxism Beyond Marxism

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    Marxism Beyond Marxism is a collection of essays that critically rethinks Marxism at time when its practice and theory has been seemingly taken to task by the events in 1989 in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Containing essays from a group of internationally distinguished writers and intellectuals, this collection addresses Marxism as a cultural-political problematic. Contending that Marxism is deeply embedded in specific cultural practices, the contributors illuminate Marxism’s contribution to discussions of labor in post-industrial capitalism, to controversies surrounding compulsory heterosexuality and queer theory, and to debates about the institutionalization and academicization of the “New” Left. In examining Marxism’s relationship to cultural practices, the contributors make a vigorous and compelling case for Marxism’s continued relevance. By combining a diversity of perspectives, these essays demonstrate that Marxism addresses urgent needs that are often foresaken by other political and ideological practices. They show how–now more than ever–Marxism’s reaffirmation can serve as a sophisticated and cunning response to the latest global devlopments–and travesties....

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  • Ideologies of Theory: Essays, 1971-1986

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    In all his essays, Jameson explores theoretical territory then unknown to most American critics, brings back ideas, explains and criticizes them, and does so both inventively and systematically. The ‘system’ he helps to construct is a set of critical attitudes rather than a stale enclosure of interpretive rules, and those attitudes have changed the shape of American thought about literature and culture, not only in the academy but also in the literate press.

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  • Ideologies of Theory: Essays 1971-1986

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    In all his essays, Jameson explores theoretical territory then unknown to most American critics, brings back ideas, explains and criticizes them, and does so both inventively and systematically. The ‘system’ he helps to construct is a set of critical attitudes rather than a stale enclosure of interpretive rules, and those attitudes have changed the shape of American thought about literature and culture, not only in the academy but also in the literate press.

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  • Fantasies of Salvation

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    Eastern Europe has become an ideological battleground since the collapse of the Soviet Union, with liberals and authoritarians struggling to seize the ground lost by Marxism. In^I Fantasies of Salvation^N, Vladimir Tismaneanu traces the intellectual history of this struggle and warns that authoritarian nationalists pose a serious threat to democratic forces. A leading observer of the often baffling world of post- Communist Europe, Tismaneanu shows that extreme nationalistic and authoritarian thought has been influential in Eastern Europe for much of this century, while liberalism has only shallow historical roots. Despite demo-cratic successes in places such as the Czech Republic and Poland, he argues, it would be a mistake for the West to assume that liberalism will always triumph. He backs this argument by showing how nationalist intellectuals have encouraged ethnic hatred in such countries as Russia, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia by reviving patriotic myths of heroes, scapegoats, and historical injustices. And he shows how enthusiastically these myths have been welcomed by people desperate for some form of “salvation”...

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  • Information Inequality

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    Herbert Schiller, long one of America’s leading critics of the communications industry, here offers a salvo in the battle over information. In Information Inequality he explains how privatization and the corporate economy directly affect our most highly prized democratic institutions: schools and libraries, media, and political culture. A master media-watcher, Schiller presents a crisp and far-reaching indictment of the “data deprivation” corporate interests are inflicting on the social fabric.

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  • Jacques Lacan

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    First published in France 1993, Elizabeth Roudinesco’s definitive biography, Jacques Lacan, is neither hagiographic nor vindictive; Ms. Roudinesco, a psychoanalyst based in Paris and the author of two previous books on the history of psychoanalysis in France, employs the wise strategy of the pre-emptive strike–she acknowledges Lacan’s personal absurdity and literary extravagence while simultaneously showing why and how he matters. . . . Ms. Roudinesco captures the freshness of the intellectual world in which Lacan’s developing notions were concocted, before the parochialism of his heirs rendered Lacanian thinking monolithic and humorless. . . . Ms. Roudinesco’s biography, solidly translated by Barbara Bray, is a welcome aid to keeping him in perspective.

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