the rigorous m

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it could never have been otherwise

Posted by rigorousm on April 28, 2010

…History is what hurts, it is what refuses desire and sets inexorable limits to individual as well as collective praxis, which its “ruses” turn into grisly and ironic reversals of their overt intention. But this History can be apprehended only through its effects, and never directly as some reified force. This is indeed the ultimate sense in which History as ground and untranscendable horizon needs no particular theoretical justification….

— Fredric Jameson. The Political unconscious: narrative as a socially symbolic act. P. 91. New York: Cornell University Press, 1981.

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