Frederic Jameson, Various Quotations

The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System (Indiana UP 1992)
‘Hyperspace’; ‘cognitive mapping’ equated with the ‘postmodern condition’; having lost touch with their past, men seek to trace ‘a path towards discerning [their] social positioning’ and ‘to figure out where [they][ are and what landscapes and forces confront [them] in a late twentieth century’ (p.3; quoted in quoted in Loredana Salis, “So Greek with Consequence: Classical Tragedy in Contemporary Irish Drama’, PhD Diss., UUC, 2005.)

‘Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism’, in Social Text, 15 (Fall 1986)
‘[T]he story of the private individual destiny is always an allegory of the embattled situation of the public national project.’ (p.69; quoted in Gerry Smyth, The Novel and the Nation: Studies in New Irish Fiction, London: Pluto 1997, p.20; also in Marjorie Howes, Yeats’s Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness, Cambridge UP 1996, Introduction, p.11.)

“[W]e must rethink our conventional conception of the symbolic levels of a narrative (where sexuality and politics might be in homology to each other, for instance) as a set of loops or circuits which intersect and overdetermine each other.” (p.73.)

“[I]n the west, conventionally, political commitment is recontained and psychologized or subjectivized by way of the public-private split.” (p.71.)

“[P]sychology, or more specifically, libidinal investment, is to be read in primarily political and social terms” (p.72.)

“Such allegorical structures ... are not so much absent from first-world cultural texts as they are unconscious” (p.79). [The foregoing all quoted in Marjorie Howes, Yeats’s Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness (Cambridge UP 1996), Introduction, as supra.]

'[T]he telling of the individual story and the individual experience cannot but ultimately involve the whole laborious telling of the collectivity itself.' (‘Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism’, in Social Text, 15 (Autumn 1986), pp.65-88; p.86 - available at Warwick University online.; also quoted in Homi Bhabha, ‘DissemiNation: time, narrative, and the margins of the modern nation’, in Bhabha, ed., Nation and Narration, 1990, p.293.)

‘Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism’ is available as a PDF on internet at Warwick University - New Literatures in English [course] - online.

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