Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism by Robert Tally, newly published in the Marxism and Culture Series at Pluto Press:
Fredric Jameson is the most important Marxist critic in the world today. While consistently operating at the cutting edge of literary and cultural studies, Jameson has remained committed to seemingly old-fashioned philosophical discourses, most notably dialectical criticism and utopian thought. In Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism, Robert Tally surveys Jameson’s entire oeuvre, from his early studies of Sartre and formal criticism through his engagements with postmodernism and globalisation to his recent readings of Hegel, Marx and the valences of the dialectic. The book is both a comprehensive critical guide to Jameson’s theoretical project and itself a convincing argument for the power of dialectical criticism to understand the world today.
“One doesn’t endorse one’s self, but I can say that Tally’s thorough and insightful review of my work will make it possible for readers to connect up parts they may have missed and to grasp the coherence of a long list of books and essays which might at first seem to wander across a variety of very different topics and interests. I’m most grateful to have available such a useful introduction to that work.”