Periodizing Jameson

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2981-8
Publication Date
June 2014
Page Count
328 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Periodizing Jameson

Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative
Phillip E. Wegner

For a half century, the American intellectual Fredric Jameson has been a driving force in literary and cultural theory. In Periodizing Jameson, Phillip E. Wegner builds upon Jameson’s unique dialectical method to demonstrate the value of Jameson’s tools—periodization, the fourfold hermeneutic, and the Greimasian semiotic square, among others—and to develop virtuoso readings of Jameson’s own work and the history of the contemporary American university in which it unfolds.

Wegner shows how Jameson’s work intervenes in particular social, cultural, and political situations, using his scholarship both to develop original explorations of nineteenth-century fiction, popular films, and other promiment theorists, and to examine the changing fortunes of theory itself. In this way, Periodizing Jameson casts new light on the potential of and challenges to humanist intellectual work in the present.


About the Author

PHILLIP E. WEGNER is Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida. His previous books include Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (2002) and Life Between Two Deaths: U.S. Culture, 1989–2001 (2009).

“We’ve been waiting for a book this sharp, smart, clear, and adventurous on the work of one of the preeminent literary and cultural critics of the past half-century: Fredric Jameson. Wegner’s Periodizing Jameson is a thrilling read from start to finish: it left my head buzzing with ideas.”—Imre Szeman