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REPRESENTING CAPITAL: A READING OF VOLUME ONE

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REPRESENTING CAPITAL: A READING OF VOLUME ONE

By Fredric Jameson

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NEW BOOK: Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s Capital

AVAILABLE NOW

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REPRESENTING CAPITAL is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.

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“This book is both an introduction to and an intervention in the history of Marxism … one is glad he has written it, because it remains the case that no one in the academy has quite the same energy as Fredric Jameson, and that no one writes books with sentences quite as forceful as these.” – MONTHLY REVIEW
http://monthlyreview.org/2012/04/01/fredric-jameson-on-the-reserve-army

“Fredric Jameson is possibly the Anglophone world’s preeminent Marxist theorist” – MARX & PHILOSOPHY 

http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2012/497
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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681572 / $19.95 / £9.99 / $22.95CAN / 176 Pages

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Capitalism

REPRESENTING CAPITAL

REPRESENTING CAPITAL: A READING OF VOLUME ONE
BY FREDRIC JAMESON
PUBLISHED 14TH AUGUST 2011
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“Jameson’s [is an] almost impossibly sophisticated variety of Marxist cultural criticism… the best of Jameson’s work has felt mind-blowing in the way of LSD or mushrooms: here before you is the world you’d always known you were living in, but apprehended as if for the first time in the freshness of its beauty and horror” — LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“One of the great writers of our time, not just one of the most formidably gifted critics and cultural theorists.” — Terry Eagleton
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The recent financial crisis, which traumatised the world’s economies, inspired a resurgence of interest in the grandfather of all left-wing critiques, Karl Marx’s DAS KAPITAL (CAPITAL). Many have been returning to or discovering Capital through thinkers such as David Harvey whose video lectures on Capital have been viewed over a million times online. The book itself became a bestseller in several countries in late 2008, after the crash.

The many new readings and interpretations of CAPITAL following the financial crisis had in common a focus on globalisation, and it is in terms of globalisation that CAPITAL reveals its increasingly urgent relevance to modern structures of labour. But as well as being a timeless work of economic analysis, Capital is also an audacious attempt to solve a philosophical and representational problem.

Now, in REPRESENTING CAPITAL, renowned theorist and cultural critic Fredric Jameson looks at Marx’s magnum opus as the attempt to capture and express the concept of global capital – an entity so complex that it is beyond the imaginative grasp of even the financiers who pretend to be its masters.

In the face of this overwhelming complexity, Marx’s ingenious response to this challenge is to create a text that is in constant conceptual motion. As Jameson puts it, “Marx remains as inexhaustible as capital itself…with every adaptation or mutation of the latter his texts and thought resonate in new ways”.

Thus, both capital and CAPITAL are not merely static things to be explained and understood, but fluid and infinitely adaptable processes. Jameson guides the reader through Capital, transforming its dilemmas and contradictions into new points of departure. In doing so he captures the secret of capitalism’s power: it’s endless ability to self-correct to sustain itself.

Capitalism is an infernal mechanism, characterised most dramatically by the waste and damage it leaves behind; and in our time that damage is realised most powerfully in endemic unemployment. In REPRESENTING CAPITAL, Jameson shows that CAPITAL is essentially a book about unemployment, and thus a book for our times.
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FREDRIC JAMESON, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University and Director of the Graduate Programme in Literature and the Centre for Critical Theory, was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. His books include POSTMODERNISM, OR, THE CULTURAL LOGIC OF LATE CAPITALISM, A SINGULAR MODERNITY: ESSAYS ON THE ONTOLOGY OF THE PRESENT, THE IDEOLOGIES OF THEORY, ARCHAEOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE: SCIENCE FICTION AND OTHER UTOPIAS and THE HEGEL VARIATIONS all from Verso.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 454 1 / $24.95 / £14.99 / $31.00 CAN / Hardback / 168 pages
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VALANCES OF THE DIALECTIC – FREDRIC JAMESON

 

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VALENCES OF THE DIALECTIC

BY FREDRIC JAMESON

After half a century exploring dialectical thought, renowned cultural critic Fredric Jameson presents a comprehensive study of a misunderstood yet vital strain in Western philosophy.

The dialectic, the concept of the evolution of an idea through conflicts arising from its inherent contradictions, transformed two centuries of Western philosophy. To Hegel, who dominated nineteenth-century thought, it was a metaphysical system. In the work of Marx, the dialectic became a tool for materialist historical analysis. More recently, the dialectic has come under attack from poststructuralist thinkers such as Deleuze or Laclau and Mouffe.

Jameson brings a theoretical scrutiny to bear on the questions that have arisen in the history of this philosophical tradition, contextualizing the debate in terms of commodification and globalization, and with reference to thinkers such as Rousseau, Lukács, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, and Althusser.

Through rigorous examination, Valences of the Dialectic charts a movement toward the innovation of a “spatial” dialectic. Jameson presents a new synthesis of thought that revitalizes dialectical thinking for the twenty-first century.

http://www.amazon.com/Valences-Dialectic-Fredric-Jameson/dp/185984877X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257803840&sr=1-1

Hardback • $49.95 • ISBN 978-1-84467-877-7 • 640 pages
November 2009
Available now in good bookstores and online
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“Fredric Jameson is America’s leading Marxist critic. A prodigiously energetic thinker whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction … One of the great writers of our times, not just one of the most formidably gifted critics and cultural theorists” – Terry Eagleton
“Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today … It can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him.” – Colin MacCabe

FREDRIC JAMESON is the Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. His many books include Postmodernism, Brecht and Method, Late Marxism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist
Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, and The Ideologies of Theory. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize.

 Links:
   1. http://www.amazon.com/Modernist-Papers-Fredric-Jameson/dp/1844670961/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257800242&sr=1-1
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   4. http://www.amazon.com/Archaeologies-Future-Desire-Science-Fictions/dp/1844675386/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257805858&sr=1-2

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Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War

NEW TITLE: ANTAGONISTICS: CAPITALISM AND POWER IN AN AGE OF WAR 

GOPAL BALAKRISHNAN

Published June 2009

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Praise for ANTAGONISTICS:

 

“Hegel wrote that the moment of triumph of a social movement is simultaneously the moment of its disintegration … Gopal Balakrishnan shows how this holds for the worldwide triumph of liberal democracy in the 1990s … Antagonistics is a book for all those who want to orient themselves in the chaos of our historical moment …” – Slavoj Zizek

 

“This collection is an intellectual feast and a dazzling commentary on political thinking, contemporary and classical.  Here an intelligence honed on Schmitt and Machiavelli reviews a range of theoretical texts with courteous sarcasm and radical interrogation; the results are witty, devastating and full of suggestive speculation …” – Fredric Jameson

 

“This collection of essays by New Left Review’s Balakrishnan expounds his prescient view that the debt-driven expansion that fuelled US hegemony was unsustainable.” – New Statesman, http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/05/short-amidon-largely

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To see some of Gopal’s pieces as they originally appeared in New Left Review see below:

On Hardt and Negri’s ‘Empire’: http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2275

On multiculturalism:  http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2309

On Machiavelli: http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2551

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ANTAGONISTICS addresses central political and theoretical questions: how should we conceive the relationship between neo-imperial warfare and neoliberalism, American hegemony and capitalist globalization? Reflections on the major issues of the new international order are set within a larger framework, tracing the intertwined evolution of the modern state system and the capitalist mode of production, from the Treaty of Westphalia to the Occupation of Iraq. Balakrishnan interrogates three key political perspectives—Tocqueville’s liberalism, Althusser’s Marxism and Schimtt on the radical right – for their insights into state power and civil society, democracy, and class. Antagonistics combines intellectual history, political philosophy, and historical sociology to produce a highly distinctive portrait of an age of capital and war.

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GOPAL BALAKRISHNAN is the author of The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt, and editor of Debating Empire and (with Benedict Anderson) Mapping the Nation. He is a member of the New Left Review editorial board and a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California , Santa Cruz .

ISBN 978-1-84467-269-1/ £14.99/$26.95/ Paperback / 304 pages

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CRITICAL THOUGHT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Critical Thought in the 21st Century

International Conference Program

Moscow, June 16-17, 2009

Address: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, 13 Zoologicheskaya St.

 

Organized by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

 

 

Tuesday, June 16

 

10:30-13:30

Leonid Bazhanov. WelcomingAddress

Valery Podoroga. Welcoming Address

Fredric Jameson. A New Reading of Capital

Valery Podoroga.Merab Mamardashvili and Georgiy Shedrovitsky as Critics of Marxism

 

General discussion

 

13:30-14:30    Lunch

 

14:30-17:30

Artemiy Magun. On Messianism in Marx

Jonathan Flatley. Finally Got the News: Newspapers and Collectivity from Lenin to the League of Black Revolutionary Workers

Oleg Aronson.The Economy of Contagion

 

General discussion

 

 

Wednesday, June 17

 

10:30-13:30

Antonio Negri. Some Reflections about Dialectics, Tendency and Abstraction

Susan Buck-Morss. “The Second Time as Farce+”

                       

General discussion

 

13:30-14:30    Lunch

 

14:30-17:30

Alexei Penzin. The Formation of Political Subjectivity

Igor Chubarov. The Making of Marxist Aesthetics in the 1920s

Helen Petrovsky. Contemporary Art: Capital or Critique?

                       

General discussion

 

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