"Cultural production has been driven back inside the mind, within the monadic subject: it can no longer look directly out of its eyes at the real world for the referent but must, as in Plato’s cave, trace its mental images of the world on its confining walls. If there is any realism left here, it is a ‘realism’ which springs from the shock of grasping that confinement and of realizing that, for whatever peculiar reasons, we seem condemned to seek the historical past through our own pop images and stereotypes about the past, which itself remains forever out of reach."
Fredric Jameson, “Postmodernism and Consumer Society” The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998
I’m rereading four Jameson books this week. Join in. Have to get away from the parodies of authentic personal experience on my dashboard. Back to theory. Poetry, too.
Pritch, if you’re lurking, what do you think Jameson meant by referring to the poetry of the 1960s, by which I believe he means Creeley’s generation, post high modernism, as “talky”. I first read this esay in 1992, only four years after it first appeared. I forgot about the small comment and am not at all clear about whether it’s a slight or not. Should add: I believe it is a slight. I’d like to know what he’s getting at. This is why I’m revisiting his early and later work.