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- Briefs on Terry Eagleton's Capitalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism
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Briefs on Terry Eagleton's Capitalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism
Fredric Jameson born April 14, is an American literary critic , philosopher and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends, particularly his analysis of postmodernity and capitalism. After graduating in from Haverford College , where his professors included Wayne Booth ,  he briefly traveled to Europe, studying at Aix-en-Provence , Munich , and Berlin , where he learned of new developments in continental philosophy , including the rise of structuralism. He returned to America the following year to pursue a doctoral degree at Yale University , where he studied under Erich Auerbach. Auerbach would prove to be a lasting influence on Jameson's thought. This was already apparent in Jameson's doctoral dissertation , published in as Sartre: the Origins of a Style.
This almost makes me wish that I'd stuck around for the second half of the book. I couldn't get past the cynical, "buy low, sell high" feeling that I got from it, nor could I keep reading those zingers, which came far too often and fell far too flat for me most of the time. It almost pains me to put books away unfinished, but I just got to the point with AT where I couldn't keep going Collin, Yes, the first half of the book seemed kind of useless to me too. I'd gotten to about page when I went to my department's seminar to discuss the book.
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Therefore, it is explicitly a critique of the late Capitalism that implies a proposition of another system, may be a new justification which requires a re-consideration of the Marxist project. Ironically enough, despite being the foremost Marxist critic who is explicitly opposed to Postmodernism, Eagleton makes use of some of the postmodern techniques in some of his works in order to redirect the attention to the Marxist enterprise. As a matter of fact, he uses the postmodern techniques only to deconstruct them. As a true Marxist theorist and critic, Eagleton uses and abuses the postmodernist trajectory. Hence, not only does he attack Postmodernism from outside as a sincere Marxist, but he also abuses it from inside under the cloak of a postmodernist writer.
What is parodied by postmodernist culture, with its dissolution of art into the prevailing forms of commodity production, is nothing less than the revolutionary art of the twentieth-century avant garde. It is as though postmodernism represents the cynical belated revenge wreaked by bourgeois culture upon its revolutionary antagonists, whose utopian desire for a fusion of art and social praxis is seized, distorted and jeeringly turned back upon them as dystopian reality. I say it is as though postmodernism effects such a parody, because Jameson is surely right to claim that in reality it is blankly innocent of any such devious satirical impulse, and is entirely devoid of the kind of historical memory which might make such a disfiguring self-conscious. To place a pile of bricks in the Tate Gallery once might be considered ironic; to repeat the gesture endlessly is sheer carelessness of any such ironic intention, as its shock value is inexorably drained away to leave nothing beyond brute fact. The depthless, styleless, dehistoricized, decathected surfaces of postmodernist culture are not meant to signify an alienation, for the very concept of alienation must secretly posit a dream of authenticity which postmodernism finds quite unintelligible. It is impossible to discern in such forms, as it is in the artefacts of modernism proper, a wry, anguished or derisive awareness of the normative traditional humanism they deface. Postmodernism is thus a grisly parody of socialist utopia, having abolished all alienation at a stroke.
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