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Did Marx Have a Political Unconscious

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 25, 2011 - 11:52pm

I'll continue with my blogging of Jameson's Representing Capital tomorrow, but tonight it hit me what's troublesome about his analysis. Jameson does elegant and persuasive readings of figures as diverse as Balzac, Wyndham Lewis, George Gissing, and even Hegel (in the recent Hegel Variations, a much better book than this one)--I note the absence of a single Greimasian semiotic rectangle in the present book. Alvin Gouldner (never cited by Jameson) had the courage to explore the political unconscious of Marxism itself (hint: it was the intellectuals' will-to-power). The lack of reflexivity or the slightest hint of criticism of Marx (all failures of the text are ascribed to his failure to finish all four volumes) means that the work is treated more as a sacred text for exegesis than a text for critical analysis of the sort Jameson made it possible for so many of us to do.

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