FREDRIC JAMESON is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy.
This expanded, single-volume edition of a two-volume collection first published in 1988 offers a deep and wide range of critical essays that eloquently demonstrate how ideology serves as a sturdy bridge between such poles as "fantasy and cognition.economics and aesthetics.[and] the private and the public." Jameson (Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Duke Univ.) includes pieces of varying length (from ten to nearly 50 pages) that he's composed between 1971 and 2008, which together show the maturation and sturdiness of intellectual rigor that was born in the politically charged 1960s. While his commentaries on Roland Barthes and Jean-FranAois Lyotard are as expected as his use and critique of Marxism, his serious concern with Ursula Le Guin and shopping malls is surprising but no less compelling. Students of postmodern history and literature will derive much from this work, while educated baby boomers will be delighted to find it on a larger public library's new books shelf. The compilation is rigorously rich, intellectually and aesthetically rewarding, and accessible.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax P.L., N.S. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"One of the great writers of our time, not just one of the most formidably gifted critics and cultural theorists." Terry Eagleton "Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today... It can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him." Colin MacCabe"