Citation: Frederic Jameson () Reification and utopia in mass culture. Social Text, Duke University Press (RSS). Download. To begin, though, it is necessary to clarify Jameson’s and Deleuze’s arguments. In “Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture,” Jameson directs. “In the final section of his essay, Jameson talks much about artistic The theory of mass culture-or mass audience culture, commercial culture.

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The production or assumption of a limited period of the 60s tends to perpetuate a nostalgic distance from a period of political art, counterculture, and resistance that masd really ended or began. Opposite Jameson for the purposes of this paper, Gilles Deleuze seems to take the position that, cu,ture, a new form of cinema emerged to subvert the older conventions of traditional Hollywood cinema and provided a means by which film could criticize the dominant structures of reality under capitalism 4.

The threat, that is, that overt political art rwification action have been present and overt since before the s, and continue to persist now. The Time-Imagein which Deleuze suggests a new form of cinema a subversion of the previous film paradigm. It touches on present-day social contradictions and anxieties only to use them for its new task of ideological resolution, symbolically urging us to bury the older populisms and to respond to an image of political partnership which projects a whole new strategy of legitimation; and it effectively displaces the class antagonisms between rich and poor which persist in consumer society… by substituting for them a new and spurious kind of fraternity in which the viewer rejoices without understanding that he or she is reificqtion from it.

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By refusing to be popular, modern art is in fact always relating to popular culture, and therefore the two are dialectically interrelated. His reasons are multiple: This might provide an opportunity to conceive of art in such a way that it could, at least to some degree, provide a sense of subversion, albeit perhaps without fully avoiding all of the problems raised by Jameson at the very least, all relevant art is likely distributed by some segment of capitalist industry.


In the second part of “Reification and Utopia” Jameson analyses three popular films: About halfway through, the film takes a sudden turn: Jaws and The Godfather, according to Jameson, combine two types of meanings.

Fredric Jameson’s “Reification and Utopia” starts with a summary and debate of the traditional critical attitudes towards the social functions of art in general and popular culture in particular.

The central line of Jameson’s review is the notion of the commodification of culture and art and the reification of human experiences which are turned into consumer products.

Jameson then goes on to point to various cultural works that have interpenetrated high and low culture. This site uses cookies. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. For the rest of the items on Jamesons list, it appears as if he has chosen examples that fit his argument of rarity.

How rare are 60s protest songs? By this perspective in was customary, in the Marxist tradition, to view popular culture as art which has turned into a consumer product with high-art being the antithetical autonomous aesthetic form.

Buddhism conflict at play on Buddhism brings Buddhism under threat. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. To what extent does a fear of recuperation reproduce precisely the distance required for recuperation? Over low quasi-musical, quasi-discordant noise, the camera stares up toward a ceiling that is not there, revealing a ventilation system, plumbing, and suspended light fixtures.

Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture

In many ways the 60s have come to resemble a safe countercultural commodity. Saturday, May 21, Fredric Jameson: He does so in three scenes: How about make it original? Traditionally the two spheres are defined in opposition to each other and generally attributed to either popularity or elitism. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email. Jameson might respond to me with a question like, yes, but why havent they worked?

Why, though, is Jameson incapable of addressing political art and implicitly counter culture for more nad a page in his nineteen page essay describing modern culture?


In the first case, Weerasethakul utoopia statues at the center of our consciousness. Any middle class adolescent who frequented Ozzfest or other metal festivals in the s and s is likely aware of System of a Downs Steal This Album, or the lyrics to their politically charged Prison Song. Still, this position is not without its doubters. If we directly engage in overt political art or action, however, the University can only have us, as rare historical events, in retrospect.

These movies, Jameson argues, offer a way of coping and confronting historical processes cultufe the American culture and the sense of crisis and deterioration.

But are these practices rare?

I dont propose, in response, a hasty rejection of some mythically totalitarian historical metanarrative, but rather I propose a more complete and honest history that dissolves the nostalgic distance between political art then and recuperated art now. He offers a view of modern cultural production is being structured in an historical context through the dialectical opposition of high and popular, with the products of both being reactions the works of late capitalism.

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Frederic Jameson Reification and utopia in mass culture. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Reification according to Jameson means that human experiences and practices are transformed into consumable objects that can be measured in light of their reofication and end, and of course money.

In place of the calm contentedness of the Buddhistic first half of the film, the mood is here replaced by an exuberant, spasmodic happiness achieved through a succession of images of gigantic masses of city-dwelling dancers in the public park, enthusiastically synchronized in their hyperactive dance-as-exercise routine, complete with the instructor in the center, leading the way—in some way, it feels like an army of the health-obsessed, but instead of ritualistic marching, we bear witness to an aerobics routine.

This might speak to the fears—not just of Buddhists—but of anyone concerned with the preservation of tradition or anything socio-historical.