Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jameson Quotation from "Globalization and Hybridization"

 ... I find Jameson inspiring here as usual as he keeps the totality in mind while theorizing the transnational, mapping globalization by way of "what cannot be narrated":

"I start from the premise that mapping the totality is still one of the most vital functions and ambitions of art at the present time, as it was under the very different conditions of the modern period. The totality today is surely what we call globalization, and it is therefore the problems involved in the representation of this new and seemingly unimaginable totality which offer the most interesting challenges for the artists and writers of the postmodern, as well as for its literary theorists. But postmodern philosophical positions also warn us to avoid the implication that correct or definitive "representations" of reality are possible or conceivable in the first place: so that what is wanted is an inventory of the dilemmas of representation, of what in the structure of object or subject alike makes representational accuracy or truth an impossible achievement and an ideological ambition or fantasy as well. We map the contours of globalization negatively, by way of a patient exploration of what cannot be perceived and what cannot be narrated."

-- Frederic Jameson, pg. 315 from "Globalization and Hybridization" in Durovicová and Newman's edited volume: World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2010).

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