The Political Unconscious

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The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act
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The 1982 Cornell University Press edition
Author Frederic Jameson
Country United States
Language English
Subject Literary criticism
Published 1981
Media type Print

The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act is a 1981 book by Fredric Jameson, an eminent Marxist literary theorist. Often cited as a powerful overview and methodological guide, it is the work with which Jameson made his greatest impact. The book has been the subject of a commentary, Jameson, Althusser, Marx (1984), by William C. Dowling, who believes that its main idea had been previously outlined by Terry Eagleton and notes that it is influenced by such thinkers as A. J. Greimas, Northrop Frye, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Claude Lévi-Strauss. Jameson's interpretive framework, including his neo-Lacanian idea of unconscious ideology and his invocation of structural causality to reconcile Marxist and post-Marxist perspectives, was largely borrowed from Louis Althusser.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crews, Frederick (1986). Skeptical Engagements. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 0-19-503950-5.