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Persistencies of the Dialectic: Three Sites

Fredric Jameson
Science & Society
Vol. 62, No. 3, Dialectics: The New Frontier (Fall, 1998), pp. 358-372
Published by: Guilford Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40403727
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

After speculation that the dialectic is as yet unrealized, a kind of "unfinished project," three areas in which the dialectic remains alive are outlined: 1) in reflexivity, in which the theory of ideology demands to be confronted with the contemporary theory and experience of "multiple subject positions"; 2) in historiography, in which the dialectic is not a philosophical position but a critical operation performed on traditional historical narrative; and, finally, 3) in contradiction, a structure the dialectic does not posit, but causes to emerge and to become visible in familiar and seemingly unproblematical situations (Brecht's "estrangement effect").

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