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Fredric Jameson, as seen by Ramón del Castillo

Frederic Jameson (Cleveland, Ohio, 1934) is one of the most influential US intellectuals of the last 30 years. He studied with Erich Auerbach and obtained his PhD in the University of Yale in 1959 with a work on Jean-Paul Sartre. He has been professor in the universities if Harvard, Yale and California, and currently holds the Chair of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies in the University of Duke (North Carolina), where he has been teaching since 1985. In 2008 he received the Holberg Prize in recognition for his career, and in 2012 the 6th prize granted by the Modern Language Association for his Lifetime Scholarly Achievement.

Before gaining world fame for his original vision on the new cultural production modes, which he developed along the 1980s and finally produced his most famous book Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991), Jameson had already published unique works that carried literary criticism beyond marxism and structuralism: Marxism and Form (1971), The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism (1972), and The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (1981). In parallel he wrote extraordinary monographs of distinguished philosophic and artistic figures like Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, The Modernist as Fascist (1979), Late Marxism: Adorno or the Persistence of the Dialectic (1990) and Brecht and Method (1998), as well as numerous essays over the construction of historicity and the political dimensions of Reason, all of which was compiled in The Ideologies of Theory (1988).

In addition to modifying the views of literary theory, Jameson also gave a major twist to cultural studies and transformed the way the audiovisual media are understood, especially cinema, in books likeSignatures of the Visible (1990) and The Geopolitical Aesthetics: Cinema and Space in the World System (1995). For many years, he has continued addressing the problem of history and the differences between modernism and postmodernism in works like The Seeds of Time (1994), The Cultural Turn (1998) and A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present (2002). More recently, he has reviewed the relationship between culture and historization in Reflexiones sobre la postmodernidad (2010), and in El postmodernismo revisado (2012).

Hegel and Marx have also had a big influence over his way of thinking. This is obvious in his recent and extraordinary works Valences of Dialectic (2009), The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit (2010) and Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One (2011), where he attempts to address the problem of organization in the world of unemployment. Furthermore, his insatiable curiosity has lead him to explore the utopian imagination and literature for masses in his monumental work Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (2005), while at the same time he has continued tracking the vestiges of modernism and realism in El realismo y la novela providencial (2006), The Modernist Papers (2007) and The Antinomies of Realism (2013). With this last work, which focuses on novels of 19th century and includes chapters devoted to Émile Zola, Leo Tolstoy and Benito Pérez Galdós, he has just received on June 2014 the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.

Jameson's vitality and writing capacity apparently has no limits. His current work includes utopian imagination and the validity of allegories, thoughts about literature and globalization, and extremely original essays dealing with Wagner, Mahler, the opera adaptations and the relation between image an sound.

His books have been translated all around the world, including China, where he has a strong influence. This is a list of his titles currently available in Spanish:


La cárcel del lenguaje: perspectiva crítica del estructuralismo y del formalismo ruso (Barcelona, 1980)

Documentos de cultura, documentos de barbarie (Madrid, 1981, translation of The Political Unconscious)

El posmodernismo o la lógica cultural del capitalismo avanzado (Barcelona, 1991)

La estética geopolítica: cine y espacio en el sistema mundial (Barcelona, 1995)

Teoría de la postmodernidad (Madrid, 1996, short edition of Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism)

La estética geopolítica (Barcelona, 1996)

Las semillas del tiempo (Madrid, 2000)

El giro cultural. Escritos seleccionados sobre el postmodernismo 1983-1998 (Buenos Aires, 2002)

Una modernidad singular: ensayo sobre ontología del presente (Barcelona, 2004)

El realismo y la novela providencial (Madrid, 2006, conferece given in the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid [originally in Spanish])

Arqueologías del futuro. El deseo llamado utopía y otras aproximaciones de ciencia ficción (Madrid, 2009)

Marxismo tardío. Adorno y la persistencia de la dialéctica (2010)

Reflexiones sobre la postmodernidad (Madrid, 2010 [originally in Spanish])

El postmodernismo revisado (Madrid, 2012, conferece given in the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid [originally in Spanish])

Signaturas de lo visible (Buenos Aires, 2013)

Representar El capital: una lectura del tomo I(Buenos Aires, 2013 [also: Representing Capital. El desempleo: una lectura de El Capital, Madrid, 2011])

Brecht y el método (Buenos Aires, 2013)

Valencias de la dialéctica (Buenos Aires, 2013)

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