The Antinomies of Realism

The Antinomies of Realism

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“Jameson thinks dialectically in the strong sense, in the way we are all supposed to think but almost no one does.” —London Review of Books

The Antinomies of Realism is a history of the nineteenth-century realist novel and its legacy told without a glimmer of nostalgia for artistic achievements that the movement of history makes it impossible to recreate. Fredric Jameson examines the most influential theories of artistic and literary realism, approaching the subject himself in terms of the social and historical preconditions for realism’s emergence. The realist novel combined an attention to the body and its states of feeling with a focus on the quest for individual realization within the confines of history.

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  • "Fredric Jameson's pre-eminence, over the last generation, among critics writing in English would be hard to dispute ... it's hard to imagine any of his inheritors excelling him in sophistication."

    Benjamin KunkelLondon Review of Books
  • "Fredric Jameson is the most significant Marxist thinker in American culture."

    Cornel West
  • "Fredric Jameson is a prodigiously energetic thinker, whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction."

    Terry Eagleton