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  • Foreword ix

    Introduction: On Not Giving Interviews 1

    Interview with Leonard Green, Jonathan Culler, and Richard Klein 11

    Interview with Anders Stephanson 44

    Interview with Paik Nak-chung 74

    Interview with Sabry Hafez, Abbas Al-Tonsi, and Mona Abousenna 99

    Interview with Stuart Hall 113

    Interview with Michael Speaks 123

    Interview with Horacio Machin 135

    Interview with Sara Danius and Stefan Jonsson 151

    Interview with Xudong Zhang 171

    Interview with Srinivas Aravamudan and Ranjana Khanna 203

    Bibliography 241

    Interviewers 269

    Inex 273
  • Fredric Jameson is the recipient of the 2008 Holberg Prize

  • Jameson on Jameson will be useful to scholars in need of accessible thematic and methodological introductions to Jameson’s form of historical materialism and cultural studies. Further, the interviews do allow Jameson to explain some of his concepts in relation to each other and in contexts different from those they were fi rst proposed to explain, such as any possible relationship between the political unconscious and the postmodern understood as an epiphenomenon of late capital, and to reflect on topical
    questions within the frame of the broader inquiry he is dedicated to.”

    “[T]his book will disclose all the qualities one can find in Jameson’s books: an exceptional mix of political commitment and erudition, of curiosity and stubbornness, of sophistication and clear-cut convictions.”

    “Fredric Jameson may well be the greatest intellectual produced by the United States in the last half century. It is difficult to think of anyone else who has made as many, as lasting, and as wide- ranging contributions as Jameson. . . . The present collection of interviews from 1981 to the present, then, stands as a welcome commentary on Jameson’s vast work and an important reflection of the changes in American intellectual life in the period from the last days of the Cold War to the end of the second Bush administration.”

    “In just ten interviews, key concepts like allegory, utopia, the dialectic, postmodernism, and metacommentary all come under consideration in a variety of contexts, from literature, architecture, and psychoanalysis to politics, global culture, and religion. But if the very least of this book’s achievements is to orient the reader towards a more sustained engagement with Jameson’s work, then it will certainly have served its purpose.”

    “Jameson . . . well known for the amazing variety of subjects he discusses. The many readers who find his style hard to grasp will find considerable help in this collection. . . . The book makes his key concepts accessible. . . . Recommended for literary and cultural criticism collections.”

    “One of the most influential literary and cultural critics writing today, Jameson . . . is credited with reshaping the critical landscape across the humanities and social sciences.”

    Awards

  • Fredric Jameson is the recipient of the 2008 Holberg Prize

  • Reviews

  • Jameson on Jameson will be useful to scholars in need of accessible thematic and methodological introductions to Jameson’s form of historical materialism and cultural studies. Further, the interviews do allow Jameson to explain some of his concepts in relation to each other and in contexts different from those they were fi rst proposed to explain, such as any possible relationship between the political unconscious and the postmodern understood as an epiphenomenon of late capital, and to reflect on topical
    questions within the frame of the broader inquiry he is dedicated to.”

    “[T]his book will disclose all the qualities one can find in Jameson’s books: an exceptional mix of political commitment and erudition, of curiosity and stubbornness, of sophistication and clear-cut convictions.”

    “Fredric Jameson may well be the greatest intellectual produced by the United States in the last half century. It is difficult to think of anyone else who has made as many, as lasting, and as wide- ranging contributions as Jameson. . . . The present collection of interviews from 1981 to the present, then, stands as a welcome commentary on Jameson’s vast work and an important reflection of the changes in American intellectual life in the period from the last days of the Cold War to the end of the second Bush administration.”

    “In just ten interviews, key concepts like allegory, utopia, the dialectic, postmodernism, and metacommentary all come under consideration in a variety of contexts, from literature, architecture, and psychoanalysis to politics, global culture, and religion. But if the very least of this book’s achievements is to orient the reader towards a more sustained engagement with Jameson’s work, then it will certainly have served its purpose.”

    “Jameson . . . well known for the amazing variety of subjects he discusses. The many readers who find his style hard to grasp will find considerable help in this collection. . . . The book makes his key concepts accessible. . . . Recommended for literary and cultural criticism collections.”

    “One of the most influential literary and cultural critics writing today, Jameson . . . is credited with reshaping the critical landscape across the humanities and social sciences.”

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    Fredric Jameson is one of the most influential literary and cultural critics writing today. He is a theoretical innovator whose ideas about the intersections of politics and culture have reshaped the critical landscape across the humanities and social sciences. Bringing together ten interviews conducted between 1982 and 2005, Jameson on Jameson is a compellingly candid introduction to his thought for those new to it, and a rich source of illumination and clarification for those seeking deeper understanding. Jameson discusses his intellectual and political preoccupations, most prominently his commitment to Marxism as a way of critiquing capitalism and the culture it has engendered. He explains many of his key concepts, including postmodernism, the dialectic, metacommentary, the political unconscious, the utopian, cognitive mapping, and spatialization.

    Jameson on Jameson displays Jameson’s extraordinary grasp of contemporary culture—architecture, art, cinema, literature, philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, and urban geography—as well as the challenge that the geographic reach of his thinking poses to the Eurocentricity of the West. Conducted by accomplished scholars from United States, Egypt, Korea, China, Sweden, and England, the interviews elicit Jameson’s reflections on the broad international significance of his ideas and their applicability and implications in different cultural and political contexts, including the present phase of globalization.

    The volume includes an introduction by Jameson and a comprehensive bibliography of his publications in all languages.

    Interviewers
    Mona Abousenna
    Abbas Al-Tonsi
    Srinivas Aravamudan
    Jonathan Culler
    Sara Danius
    Leonard Green
    Sabry Hafez
    Stuart Hall
    Stefan Jonsson
    Ranjana Khanna
    Richard Klein
    Horacio Machin
    Paik Nak-chung
    Michael Speaks
    Anders Stephanson
    Xudong Zhang

    About The Author(s)

    Fredric Jameson is William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Signatures of the Visible; Late Marxism: Adorno; or, The Persistence of the Dialectic; The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act; The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism; and Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. His books Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, and The Cultures of Globalization (coedited with Masao Miyoshi) are both also published by Duke University Press.

    Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He is a coeditor (with Caren Irr) of On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. His books Deleuzism: A Metacommentary and A Deleuzian Century? are both also published by Duke University Press.

    Fredric Jameson is William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Signatures of the Visible; Late Marxism: Adorno; or, The Persistence of the Dialectic; The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act; The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism; and Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. His books Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, and The Cultures of Globalization (coedited with Masao Miyoshi) are both also published by Duke University Press.

    Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He is a coeditor (with Caren Irr) of On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. His books Deleuzism: A Metacommentary and A Deleuzian Century? are both also published by Duke University Press.

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