The Geopolitical Aesthetic

9780253209665: Paperback
Release Date: 22nd August 1995

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 240

Series Perspectives

Indiana University Press

The Geopolitical Aesthetic

Cinema and Space in the World System

Paperback / £19.99

The Geopolitical Aesthetic is a dazzling... distillation and application of the theoretical system he first presented in The Political Unconscious (1981)." —The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Taking contemporary films from the United States, Russia, Taiwan, France, and the Philippines, The Geopolitical Aesthetic offers a reading of some of the most interesting films of the last decade and a general account of filmic representation in the postmodern world. Fredric Jameson poses some essential questions: How does representation function in contemporary film? How does contemporary cinema represent an ever more complex and international social reality? Jameson’s sophisticated and theoretically informed readings stress the ways in which disparate films—for example, Godard’s Passion, Pakula’s All the President’s Men, Yang’s The Terrorizer, Tahimik’s The Perfumed Nightmare, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Roublev—confront similar problems of representation. The solutions vary widely but the drive remains the same—the desire to find adequate allegories for our social existence.

The Geopolitical Aesthetic, a refinement and development of the arguments put forward in Jameson’s seminal work The Political Unconscious, is crucial reading for everyone interested in both film analysis and cultural studies.

Preface by Colin MacCabe
Introduction: Beyond Landscape
Part One: Totality as a Conspiracy
Part Two: Circumnavigations
Chapter 1 On Soviet Magic Realism
Chapter 2 Remapping Taipei
Chapter 3 High-Tech Collectives in Late Godard
Chapter 4 ‘Art Naif’ and the Admixture of Worlds


FREDRIC JAMESON is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University, where he directs the Graduate Program in Literature. His numerous published works include Signatures of the Visible, The Concept of Postmodernism, and Late Marxism: Adorno on the Persistence of the Dialectic.