Jameson's controversial reading of one of the great twentieth-century writers
Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.
Jameson's little book on Wyndham Lewis is an important and in many
ways brilliant work, as much for its treatment of Lewis himself as
for its two other important contributions: to an understanding of
the ideology of modernism, and to an understanding of a
socio-political-psychoanlaytic theory of criticism ... Jameson is
sensitive both to detail and to the larger intellectual and
political issues raised by a writer like Lewis ... He provides a
serious, challenging, and extremely intelligent alternative to the
reigning ahistorical formalist criticism.
A highly original study on the novels of Wyndham Lewis ... The book is supremely important as a contribution to Marxist criticism especially. It is ironic that it took a critic whose ideological position was so opposed to his subject to offer the best assessment of the ideological and literary bases of Lewis's creativity ... This is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of postmodernism.