Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism  

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The postmodernisms have, in fact, been fascinated precisely by this whole “degraded” landscape of schlock and kitsch, of TV series and Reader's Digest, of advertising and motels, of the late show and the grade-B Hollywood film, of so-called paraliterature, with its airport paperback categories of the gothic and the romance, the popular biography, the murder mystery, and the science fiction or fantasy novel: materials they no longer simply “quote” as a Joyce or a Mahler might have done, but incorporate into their very substance. --Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism , Fredric Jameson, 1984

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Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism is a 1991 book by Fredric Jameson published Duke University Press offers a critique of postmodernism from a marxist perspective. The book started its life as a 1984 article in the New Left Review 146, 1984, pp. 53—92.

In the book, Frederic Jameson calls postmodernism the "cultural logic of late capitalism". "Late capitalism" implies that society has moved past the industrial age and into the information age. Like Jean Baudrillard in Simulacra and Simulation, he claimed postmodernity was defined by a shift into hyperreality - which he called depthless pastiche - in which simulations have replaced the real. In postmodernity people are inundated with information, technology has become a central focus in many lives, and our understanding of the real is mediated by simulations of the real.

A section of Jameson's analysis in Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism has been reproduced on the Marxists Internet Archive.

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