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Late Marxism : Adorno, or, the persistence of the dialectic

Author: Fredric Jameson
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 1990.
Series: Verso classics, 4.
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In the name of an assault on "totalization" and "identity," a number of contemporary theorists have been busily washing Marxism's dialectical and utopian projects down the plug-hole of postmodernism and "post-politics." A case in point is recent interpretation of one of the greatest twentieth-century philosophers, Theodor Adorno. In this powerful book, Fredric Jameson proposes a radically different reading of  Read more...
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Jameson, Fredric.
Late Marxism.
London ; New York : Verso, 1990
(OCoLC)551404440
Online version:
Jameson, Fredric.
Late Marxism.
London ; New York : Verso, 1990
(OCoLC)631285035
Named Person: Theodor W Adorno; Theodor W Adorno; Theodor W Adorno
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fredric Jameson
ISBN: 0860912701 9780860912705 0860919811 9780860919810 1859841562 9781859841563
OCLC Number: 21447513
Description: x, 270 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Adorno in the Stream of Time ----
Part I. Baleful Enchantments of the Concept. 1. Identity and Anti-Identity ---
2. Dialectics and the Extrinsic ---
3. Sociology and the Philosophical Concept ---
4. The Uses and Misuses of Cultural Critique ---
5. Benjamin and Constellations ---
6. Models ---
7. Sentences and Mimesis ---
8. Kant and Negative Dialectics ---
9. The Freedom Model ---
10. The History Model ---
11. Natural History ---
12. The Metaphysics Model ----
Part II. Parable of the Oarsmen. 1. Bias towards the Objective ---
2. The Guilt of Art ---
3. Vicissitudes of Culture on the Left ---
4. Mass Culture as Big Business ---
5. The Culture Industry as Narrative ----
Part III. Productivities of the Monad. 1. Nominalism ---
2. The Crisis of Schein ---
3. Reification ---
4. The Monad as an Open Closure ---
5. Forces of Production ---
6. Relations of Production ---
7. The Subject, Language ---
8. Nature ---
9. Truth-Content and Political Art ----
Conclusions - Adorno in the Postmodern.
Series Title: Verso classics, 4.
Responsibility: Fredric Jameson.
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In the name of an assault on "totalization" and "identity," a number of contemporary theorists have been busily washing Marxism's dialectical and utopian projects down the plug-hole of postmodernism and "post-politics." A case in point is recent interpretation of one of the greatest twentieth-century philosophers, Theodor Adorno. In this powerful book, Fredric Jameson proposes a radically different reading of Adorno's work, especially of his major works on philosophy and aesthetics: Negative Dialectics and Aesthetic Theory. Jameson argues persuasively that Adorno's contribution to the development of Marxism remains unique and indispensable. He shows how Adorno's work on aesthetics performs deconstructive operations yet is in sharp distinction to the now canonical deconstructive genre of writing. He explores the complexity of Adorno's very timely affirmation of philosophy -- of its possibility after the "end" of grand theory. Above all, he illuminates the subtlety and richness of Adorno's continuing emphasis on late capitalism as a totality within the very forms of our culture. In its lucidity, Late Marxism echoes the writing of its subject, to whose critical, utopian intelligence Jameson remains faithful. -- Jacket.

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"The most philosophically sophisticated and searching study of Theodor Adorno to appear in English ... powerful and persuasive."--"The Nation""[Jameson is a] prodigiously energetic thinker, whose Read more...

 
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