The Cultural Turn
Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983–1998
A convenient introduction to Jameson’s key writings on postmodernism.
No one would contest that Fredric Jameson, one of the leading Marxist critics in the English-speaking world, has had an immense impact on the way we now understand the phenomenon of postmodernism. His classic work, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, has been widely acclaimed as the seminal analysis of postmodernity from a cultural, philosophical and historical perspective.
Jameson’s reflections have become an essential reference-point for all those attempting to engage with postmodernism. However, until now his key writings on postmodernism have been unavailable in an easily accessible and affordable form. This book, designed as a short and convenient introduction to Jameson’s thought for both the student and the general reader, meets this need. Jameson on Postmodernism includes:
* “Postmodernism and Consumer Society,” Jameson’s classic analysis of postmodernity
* “Marxism and Postmodernism,” in which Jameson responds to his critics
* “Theories of the Postmodern,” his survey of alternative approaches
* “The Antinomies of Postmodernity,” an extract from his recently published work, The Seeds of Time, in which he surveys the philosophical tensions embedded in the postmodern
* “‘End of Art‘ or ‘End of History’?” and “Transformations of the Image in Postmodernity,” two pieces hitherto unpublished in English on art and the image in the postmodern epoch.
The Cultural Turn is an indispensable reference guide to the most arresting and substantial theorists of postmodernism.
“In a brief compass, The Cultural Turn traces the movement of one of the leading cultural intelligences of our time, in pursuit of mutable forms of the postmodern world. The results will leave few indifferent.” — Perry Anderson
Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University, where he is Director of the Graduate Program in Literature and the Center for Critical Theory.