Fredric Jameson here continues his enquiry into the nature of the literary utopia and through his title casts himself as an archaeologist of narratives, digging behind surface accounts to find covert sequences and generally scrutinizing the working of ideology through narrative practice. The present volume is really two books in one. The overall effect is thus of several arguments ongoing from Jameson, all characterized by his usual theoretical precision and density of reference. For instance, in discussing the tendency of utopias to isolate themselves from the surrounding world, he takes the example of B. More broadly, taking a theoretical lead from Ernst Bloch, Jameson draws a basic distinction between the systemic project of utopias and the forms of hope which the utopian impulse might take.
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You will need to bring your knowledge of the Western Canon and contemporary philosophy with you in order to fully appreciate this text.
Its division into books I and II enables regular science fiction readers to access straight forward reviews in Book II. With a focus on utopianism and dystopia the subjects covered are sex and society, aliens and psychoanalyst, and the motifs and mechanics of this writing field. Jameson also remarks on the differences between hard science fiction and fantasy.
He also notes the limits of critical literature and the "drift" of high literature into the domain of science fiction in recent years as a result of our Postmodern condition and the limits of critical literature to deal with the disassociative nature of the contemporary experience. The reader will be left with an understanding of the genre, our times, and our historical basis.
He or she will also be perplexed as to how science fiction was replaced by fantasy as the popular literature of our times at the same moment it matured as a literary entity. One will also begin to understand how the internal dynamics of science fiction and its authors went from the popularizers of American modernism and imperialism to become the primary opponents of modernism in our times.
Be forewarned that Jameson does not see Marxism as a bad word but rather a critical tool for evaluating society. Holy fuck Steph Curry is killing it.
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