Archive for the ‘Fredric Jameson’ Category

Restless Cities edited by Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart

Leading intellectuals reimagine the city as a site of ceaseless change and motion. Includes essays by Iain Sinclair, Geoff Dyer and Patrick Keiller.

Paperback – 344 pages – 9781844674053 – £12.99 – 2010

The Situationists and the City: A Reader by Tom McDonough

“A highly readable and well-organised compendium that is likely to be fingered for some time, it lays out neatly the movement’s visionary take on the city (read Paris) ‘as the primary site of alienation in modern society’.” Christian Viveros-Faune, Art Review

Paperback – 256 pages – 9781844673322 – £14.99 – 2010

Hardback – 256 pages – 9781844673643 – £65.00 – 2010

The Invention of Paris: A History of Footsteps by Eric Hazan

“This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about sur place through areas no tourists bother with.” Adam Thorpe, Guardian

Hardback – 400 pages – 9781844674114 – £20.00 – 2010

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

“A history of walking that is about time and space and consciousness of the world as much as about putting one foot in front of the other.” Erica Wagner, The Times

New Edition – Paperback – 336 pages – 9781844675586 – £8.99 – 2006

Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism by Stephen Graham

“A rigorously researched, pioneering book packed with disturbing and at times astonishing information.” Anna Minton, Icon

Hardback – 432 pages – 9781844676155 – £19.99 – 2010

Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

“If it’s apocalypse you want – and frankly who doesn’t, because how else to explain the mess we’re in – nobody does it better.” Guardian

“The astonishing facts hit like anvil blows … a heartbreaking book.” Financial Times

New Updated Edition – Paperback – 256 pages – 9781844671601 – £8.99 -2007

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis

“A history as fascinating as it is instructive.” Peter Ackroyd, The Times

“Los Angeles faces a perilous millennium whose emerging contours will surely have no more brilliant prophet than Davis. ” Alexander Cockburn, London Review of Books

New Edition – Paperback – 462 pages – 9781844675685 – £10.99 -2006

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architetcure of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

“In Hollow Land, Eyal Weizman has taken [Edward] Said’s thesis to a new level, generating extraordinary, and at times surreally uncomfortable, conclusions… Weizman’s book is of salutary interest.” Jay Merrick, Independent

Hardback – 318 pages – 9781844671250 – £19.99 -2007

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity by Marc Augé

Augé uses the concept of “supermodernity” to describe a situation of excessive information and excessive space. In this fascinating essay he seeks to establish an intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity.

Paperback – 128 pages – 9781844673117 – £10.99 -2009

Hardback – 128 pages – 9781844673223 – £45.00 -2009

On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square by Marshall Berman

“Berman’s cultural history of New York’s Times Square is a personal view of a public space.” Independent

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781844673971 – £9.99 -2009

Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US City by Mike Davis

Magical Urbanism is a lively, trenchant inquiry into a demographic phenomenon on great importance.” Times Literary Supplement

Paperback – 208 pages – 9781844672646 – £10.99 -2008

Hardback – 208 pages – 9781844672476 – £55.00 -2008

Rule of Freedom: Liberalism and the Modern City by Patrick Joyce

“There is no one writing whose feet are so firmly in the streets of the past and whose head is so creatively engaged with ways of theorising it. A joy to read it.” David Vincent, Keele University

Hardback – 276 pages – 9781859845207 – £18.00 -2003

The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross

“A rare example of cultural studies done with zest as well as depth.” The Nation

Paperback – 176 pages – 9781844672066 – £6.99 -2008

Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night by Sukhdev Sandhu

“I would add Sandhu’s work to the likes of Lights Out for the Territory as offering some of the greatest insights we have into contemporary London.” Michael Moorcock, Daily Telegraph

Hardback – 160 pages – 9781844671625 – £10.99 – 2007

Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Fredric Jameson

“For anybody hoping to understand not just the cultural but the political and social implications of postmodernism … Jameson’s book is a fundamental, nonpareil text.” Gilbert Adair, Sunday Times

Paperback – 432 pages – 9780860915379 – £16.99 – 1991

Basrayatha: The Story of a City by Muhammad Khudayyir

By turns a memoir, a travelogue, a love letter, and a meditation, Basrayatha summons up a city long gone, yet which lives on in the memories and imaginations of its people.

Paperback – 184 pages – 9781844672332 – £7.99 -2008


All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity by Marshall Berman

“The imaginative range, intellectual force and infectious generosity of this book … place it incontestably in the gallery of canonical texts.” Mica Nava, Times Higher Education Supplement

Paperback – 392 pages – 9781844676446 – £14.99 – 2010

FORTHCOMING in October 2010:

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley

New Labour came to power in 1997 amid much talk of regenerating the inner cities left to rot under successive Conservative governments. Over the next decade, urban environments became the laboratories of the new enterprise economy: of finance, property speculation, and the service industry. Now, with New Labour capsized, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the wreckage––the architecture that epitomized an age of greed and selfish aspiration. From riverside apartment complexes, art galleries and amorphous interactive “centers” to shopping malls, call centers and factories turned into expensive lofts, Hatherley maps the derelict Britain of the 2010s, an emphatic expression of a failed politics.

Hardback – 256 pages – 9781844676514 – £17.99

FORTHCOMING in January 2011:

Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory by Edward W. Soja

“One of the most challenging and stimulating books ever written.” David Harvey

Paperback – 228 pages – 9781844676699 – £8.99

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The Hegel Variations Cover ImageFredric Jameson’s new book The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit is published in hardback in August 2010.

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The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work.

Verso has a collection of key works by some of the most respected scholars to guide the reader through Marx.

A Companion to Marx’s Capital by David Harvey

Paperback – 2010 – 320 pages – £10.99 – 9781844673599

For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring that depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals. Read this book.” – Naomi Klein

The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar

Paperback – 2007 – 144 pages – £9.99 – 9781844671978

An excellent introduction to Marx’s thought from a major French philosopher. Providing a lucid, succinct, and accessible introduction to Marx and his key followers, complete with pedagogical information for the student, Balibar makes the most difficult areas of theory easy to understand. Balibar examines all the key areas of Marx’s writings in their wider historical and theoretical context including the concepts of class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism, and the state. Suitable for the student and scholar in the humanities and social sciences, this will become the standard guide to Marx.

Reading Capital by Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar

Paperback – 2009 – 384 pages – £6.99 – 9781844673476

A landmark of French thought, Reading Capital is no less than an attempt to topple the edifice of Western Marxism and rebuild it from the original foundations. Establishing a rigorous programme of “symptomatic reading” that cuts through the silences and lacunae of Capital to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marx’s structural analysis of production as a revolutionary break — the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althusser’s conceptual innovations that includes “overdetermination” and “social formation,” Étienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in Capital, as though for the first time.

“One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.” — Eric Hobsbawm, Times Literary Supplement

From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Göran Therborn

Paperback – 2010 – 208 pages – £9.99 – 9781844676309

In this succinct and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.

“A finely tuned style of analysis and judgment.” Guardian

Karl Mar x: An Illustrated History by Werner Blumenberg

Paperback – 2000 – 210 pages – £18.00 – 9781859842546

Reissued in the year of the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto, this classic biography of Karl Marx, complete with Gareth Stedman Jones’s poignant introduction, is unlike any other account of its subject. Including virtually every photograph in existence of Marx and his closest associates, and focusing as much on his private life as on his public persona and work, it provides an intimate portrait of the making of a complex intellectual the New Yorker recently dubbed “the next most influential thinker.”

“A work of painstaking scholarship consciously aimed at a wide readership.” — Economist

New release in February 2011!

Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

by Fredric Jameson

Hardback – 2010 – 176 pages – £14.99 – 9781844674541

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.

“Fredric Jameson is America’s leading Marxist critic. A prodigiously energetic thinker whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction.” Terry Eagleton

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Friday 30 April
No End & No Beginning: Pop, Periodization, Problems c. 1989
Joshua Clover (University of California, Davis)

Friday 14 May – This seminar starts at the earlier time of 4.00pm

Symposium on Fredric Jameson

Matthew Beaumont (University College London), Gail Day (Leeds University), Nina Power (Roehampton University), and Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

Jameson’s latest book is Valences of the DialecticThe Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit is forthcoming.

Matthew Beaumont is the co-editor, with Gregory Dart, of Restless Cities, and interview

Terry Eagleton for The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue.

Alberto Toscano’s Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea will be published this summer.

Friday 28 May
Photography in May ‘68
Antigoni Memou (University of East London)

Friday 11 June
Marx, Hegel and the ‘Truth Claims’ of Critical Realist Photography: A Political-Aesthetic Reading of the initial chapters of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
Simon Constantine ()

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

For further information, contact Andrew Hemingway,  or Esther Leslie.

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Ben Noys, author of The Culture of Death and blogger reviews Fredric Jameson’s new book Valences of the Dialectic for The Philosophers’ Magazine:

…as Marx “inverted” Hegel’s dialectic to “stand it on its feet”, Jameson inverts our usual image of the dialectic.

The dialectic is no longer the sign of grand systematic philosophy, like a juggernaut crushing all before it. Instead, Jameson argues that the dialectic in fact undermines the totalising claims of philosophy, making our thinking fluid again, and putting into question all our fixed intellectual signposts…

…The dialectic is not just a matter of challenging fixed thinking, but also the fixed categories of our social life.

Fredric Jameson is the author of numerous books, including Archaeologies of the Future, The Modernist Papers, A Singular Modernity and Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit is forthcoming in 2010.

The full article is available to subscribers on The Philosophers’ Magazine website, here.

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Historical Materialism
Research in Critical Marxist Theory

Book here for the 2nd North American Conference, January 14th to 16th 2010

Volume 17 Issue 4 2009 is out now:



Elizabeth Esch and David Roediger
One Symptom of Originality: Race and the Management of Labour in the History of the United States

Massimiliano Tomba
Historical Temporalities of Capital: An Anti-Historicist Perspective

Karl Beitel
The Rate of Profit and the Problem of Stagnant Investment:
A Structural Analysis of Barriers to Accumulation and the Spectre of Protracted Crisis

Andrew Milner
Archaeologies of the Future: Jameson’s Utopia or Orwell’s Dystopia?

Review Articles

Panagiotis Sotiris
on Warren Montag’s Louis Althusser, William S. Lewis’s Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism, and Gregory Elliott’s
Althusser: The Detour of Theory

Julian Mueller
on Poulantzas lesen. Zur Aktualität marxistischer Staatstheorie, edited by Lars Bretthauer, Alexander Gallas, John Kannankulam and Ingo Stuetzle

Benjamin Noys
on Gregory Elliott’s Ends in Sight: Marx/Fukuyama/Hobsbawm/ Anderson

Ian Birchall
on Reiner Tosstorff’s Profintern: Die Rote Gewerkschaftsinternationale

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism Wolfgang Fritz Haug Immaterial Labour

All enquiries: historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk

This issue available electronically here.

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Thanks to the HM team for a great conference – the biggest and most enthusiastic yet. Verso’s highlights were:

  • Kees Van Der Pijl giving the Deutscher prize lecture for his book Nomads, Empires, States.
  • The Apocalypse Marxism panel featuring Mark Fisher giving a taste of his Capitalist Realism, Ben Noys giving a flavour of his new book with EUP next year, The Persistence of the Negative, and Evan Calder Williams on salvagepunk and the apocalypse. Mark’s paper is available here.
  • In his first visit to the UK in about 20 years, Fredric Jameson’s interpretation of Capital (part of a project forthcoming from Verso 2010/2011), in a packed, standing room only, lecture hall with responses from Peter Osborne, Maria Elisa Cevasco and Peter Thomas.
  • Discovering a new book by Kevin Doogan, New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work.
  • Blair Ogden on Walter Benjamin.
  • An ‘after hours’ meeting in a packed Strand pub with John Holloway, Moishe Postone and Hillel Ticktin.
  • An increasingly desperate hunt with some other delegates for a gentleman’s toilet… Woman’s toilet after woman’s toilet in the labyrinth of SOAS… Still, makes a change, I’m sure!
  • Very nice people stopping to chat, say nice things about the list and buy books – thanks for making the weekend a pleasure.
  • And a special mention to some very lovely people who helped us lug out the vast boxes to the cab in the pouring rain on Sunday evening.

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The new issue of New Left Review is out now – no.50 Sep/Oct 2009. Highlights include:

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Fredric Jameson has reviewed Margaret Atwood’s new novel in a recent issue of the London Review of Books. Jameson’s long awaited new book, Valences of the Dialectic, will be available in November.Valences.qxd:royal hb grid

See also K-Punk’s response to the review where he references Zizek’s new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce.Verso 9781844674282 First as Tragedy small

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Verso authors, including John Berger, John Pilger, Fredric Jameson, Mahmood Mamdani and Slavoj Zizek have signed an open letter to the Toronto Film Festival in protest against their decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv, arguing that such a move makes it complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine:

We do not protest the individual Israeli filmmakers included in City to City, nor do we in any way suggest that Israeli films should be unwelcome at TIFF. However, especially in the wake of this year’s brutal assault on Gaza, we object to the use of such an important international festival in staging a propaganda campaign on behalf of what South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann have all characterized as an apartheid regime.

Read the letter in full here.

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