In his 1981 book, The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act, Fredric Jameson elaborated an influential position on ideology and critique. Jameson stressed the priority of political interpretation, arguing that “the political interpretation of literary texts … [is] the absolute horizon of all reading and all interpretation.” After nearly forty years, we return to this text, situating it within Jameson’s long career, in order to explore form, figuration, and utopia. Does Jameson provide a series of meditations on last philosophy?

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