The Success and Failure of Frederic Jameson

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Offers a critical overview of the work and career of the American Marxist cultural critic Frederic Jameson. Helmling (English, U. of Delaware) identifies major themes and traces the continuity and change in Jameson's engagement with the challenges presented by continental theory from the 1950s to the present. Emphasis is placed on analysis of Jameson's notoriously difficult style of dialectical prose and his reasons for using it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Steven Helmling is Professor of English at the University of Delaware, and is the author of The Esoteric Comedies of Carlyle, Newman, and Yeats.

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It succeeds both as a general introduction to Jameson s vast and notoriously difficult body of work and as a subtle, highly original commentary on the state of Marxist critique in contemporary letters. It is written with grace and wit, and, considering the demands of the material and the sophistication of Helmling s arguments, with admirable clarity. There is nothing dutiful or journeymanlike about this study; it is characterized from start to finish by a rare degree of intellectual passion. I not only learned a great deal from reading this book, but I also truly enjoyed reading it. James English, author of Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain
While Jameson is one of our most important theorists, there are relatively few book-length studies of his work, perhaps precisely because he is so hard to read. The author s focus on Jameson s style is fascinating and quite original. This book is certain to become a germinal text in contemporary theory. Gary A. Olson, coeditor of Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial"

"It succeeds both as a general introduction to Jameson's vast and notoriously difficult body of work and as a subtle, highly original commentary on the state of Marxist critique in contemporary letters. It is written with grace and wit, and, considering the demands of the material and the sophistication of Helmling's arguments, with admirable clarity. There is nothing dutiful or journeymanlike about this study; it is characterized from start to finish by a rare degree of intellectual passion. I not only learned a great deal from reading this book, but I also truly enjoyed reading it." -- James English, author of Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain

"While Jameson is one of our most important theorists, there are relatively few book-length studies of his work, perhaps precisely because he is so hard to read. The author's focus on Jameson's style is fascinating and quite original. This book is certain to become a germinal text in contemporary theory." -- Gary A. Olson, coeditor of Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial

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