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Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:31 AM via web

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How is narrative a socially symbolic act, according to Fredric Jameson's The Political Unconscious?

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lprono | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Frederic Jameson writes from a Marxist perspective influenced by the postmodern era in which we live. Therefore, he conceives of literature and art not for their own sake but for what reveal of the social and political context in which they are produced. As the subtitle of The Political Unconscious reads, narrative is always a "socially simbolic act"; its ultimate meaning, even if the author did not intend it so, is always political and historical. As Jameson writes in his introduction, the political perspective in the interpretative act is not simply one of the several available, but "the absolute horizon of all reading and all interpretation".

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