Monday, July 28, 2008
Bulson, Eric. "THE MODERNIST PAPERS by Fredric Jameson." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT July 27, 2008.
Jameson, Frederic. The Modernist Papers. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007. Considering the impact of works like The Political Unconscious (1981) and Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991), Jameson hardly needs an apologist for his style or substance. The publications of his articles and books are intellectual events, and he has that unique power to change the terms of the discussion. His writing is unapologetically difficult and resists quick and easy consumption. And that is precisely the point: Jameson's densely packed sentences with their asides, corrections and elaborations have the effect of slowing readers down and making them think. Reading Jameson makes you aware of the fact that if sentences are, strictly speaking, linear, then thought, the motor behind them, is not. He has made a career out of writing what he calls "dialectical sentences." And as he explains elsewhere in a discussion of Adorno and Hegel, you can't think dialectically without writing dialectically. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.powells.com/review/2008_07_27.