ABSTRACT

Fredric Jameson is the William A. Lane Professor at Duke University, and the 2008 winner of the Holberg International Memorial Prize for his work analyzing the relation between social formations and cultural forms. When one considers that his own academic field is comparative literature, it has to be said that Jameson has had an unusually significant impact on architectural history and theory over the past few decades. Beginning with his now famous 1982 lecture at New York’s Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies – “Architecture and the Critique of Ideology”2 – and continuing to the present day with commentaries on such figures as Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas, Jameson’s writings have influenced many historians and theorists in the architectural field, not least such figures as Michael Hays of Harvard,3 and Reinhold Martin of Columbia University.