Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson

Postmodernism; or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
  • ‘a flatness or depthlessness…—perhaps the supreme formal feature of all the postmodernisms’ (p. 60);
  • a waning of affect, or feeling, linked to the (alleged) loss of discrete subjectivity, (p. 61) and
  • the replacement of affect (especially alienated angst) by ‘a peculiar kind of euphoria’ coupled with a loss of memory (p. 64)
  • the end of personal, unique style and a sense of history itself, and their replacement by pastiche (not parody, but the transcoding of modernist idiolects into jargon, badges and other decorative codes) and nostalgia (pp. 64–5);
  • the fragmentation of artistic texts after the model of schizophrenic écriture, which takes the form especially of collage governed by ‘differentiation rather than unification’ (pp. 71–6);
  • and most of all, the ‘hysterical sublime’, a theme developed in Lyotard, in which the ‘other’ of human life surpasses our power to represent it and pitches us into a sort of Gothic rapture (pp. 76 ff.).

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