Fredric Jameson is one of the most provocative and influential cultural critics of our age. His theoretical project is unique for both its breadth and coherence. Jameson has a seemingly boundless appetite for a remarkable variety of cultural objectsfrom modernist novels and architecture to science fiction and popular films. Analyzing and historicizing cultural phenomena, he weaves together some of the modern era's most powerful critical paradigms, including Marxism, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralism, into an original and systematic vision of the contemporary world.
The Jameson Reader, which presents essays and excerpts from the broad spectrum of his writings, will be useful for both initiates and veteran readers of his work. For those who are new to Jameson, the Reader will provide an accessible introduction to the intricacies of his thought. In addition to an opening essay that presents and contextualizes his project as a whole, the editors provide a clear preface for each selection. Those familiar with Jameson will not only find a convenient collection of important essays, but will also inevitably discover new and exciting aspects of his work. The generous coverage given to seminal texts, such as The Political Unconscious and Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, is complemented by ample attention to lesser-known works. The Reader aims to appeal to scholars and students across the humanities and social sciences.