Monday, October 13, 2003

"What [in the work of the modernists] has so often been described as a new and deeper, richer subjectivity is in fact this call to change which always resonates through it: not subjectivity as such, but its transfiguration. This is then the sense in which I propose to consider modernist 'subjectivity' as allegorical of the transformation of the world itself, and therefore of what is called revolution. The forms of this allegory are multiple; yet all the anecdotal psychologies in which it finds itself dressed—in their stylistic, cultural and characterological differences—have in common that they evoke a momentum that cannot find resolution in the self, but that must be completed by a Utopian and revolutionary transumation of the world of actuality itself."
        —Frederic Jameson, A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present, p. 136.

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