Fredric Jameson

Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature

External address: 
101 Friedl Bldg, 1316 Campus Drive Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-4155
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 11:30am, Thursdays by appointment.

Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies (French), and Director of the Center for Critical Theory. Professor Jameson received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1959 and taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of California before coming to Duke in 1985. He is the author many books, including Marxism and Form (1971), The Political Unconscious (1981), and Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1990, recipient of the MLA Lowell Award).  His more recent works include Valences of the Dialectic (2009), The Antinomies of Realism (2013, recipient of the Truman Capote Award), and The Ancients and the Postmoderns (2015). His most frequently taught courses cover modernist literature and cinema, Marx and Freud, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and Zizek, as well as the modern French novel and cinema, and the Frankfurt School. Among Professor Jameson's ongoing concerns is the need to analyze literature as an encoding of political and social imperatives, and the interpretation of modernist and postmodernist assumptions through a rethinking of Marxist methodology. He received the 2008 Holberg Prize and the 2011 MLA Lifetime Achievement Award for his scholarship.


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1959
  • M.A., Yale University 1956
  • B.A., Haverford College 1954

Jameson, F. The Political Unconscious. Cornell University Press, 1981.

Jameson, F. Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, The Modernist as Fascist. University of California Press, 1979.

Jameson, F. The Prison-House of Language. Princeton University Press, 1972.

Jameson, F. Marxism and Form: Twentieth Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. Princeton University Press, 1971.

Jameson, F. Sartre: The Origins of a Style. Yale University Press, 1961.


Jameson, F. "Spatial Equivalents: Postmodern Architecture and the World System." The States of Theory. Ed. D Carroll. Columbia U. Press, 1990. 125-148.

Jameson, F. "Postmodernism and the Market." The Retreat of the Intellectuals: Socialist Register 1990. Ed. Ralph. Melin Press, 1990. 95-110.

Jameson, F. "Foreward." Caliban & Other Essays. U. of Minnesota, 1989. vii-xii.

Jameson, F. "Marxism & Postmodernism." Postmodernism/Jameson Critique. Ed. D Kellner. Maisonneuve Press, 1989.

Jameson, F. "Postmodernism & Consumer Society." Postmodernism & Its Discontents. Ed. EA Kaplan. Verso Press, 1988. 13-29.

Jameson, F. "Modernism & Imperialism." Nationalism, Colonialism & Literature. Field Day Pamphlet, Derry, Ireland, 1988. 5-25.

Jameson, F. "Cognitive Mapping." Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture. Ed. C Nelson and L Grossberg. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1988.

Jameson, F. "Post Modernism & Video Text." Poetics of Writing. Ed. NFE al. Manchester Press, 1987.

JAMESON, F. "ON 'HABITS OF THE HEART'." 1987. 545-565.


Jameson, F. "War and Representation." PMLA-PUBLICATIONS OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA 124.5 (October 2009): 1532-+.

Jameson, F. "“Then You Are Them”." London Review of Books (2009). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "“Filming Capital”." New Left Review (2009). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "New literary history after the end of the new." New Literary History 39.3-4 (December 1, 2008). (Review)

Jameson, F. "A note on reification in Hegel's logic." CRITICAL QUARTERLY 50.3 (October 2008): 33-42. Full Text

Jameson, F. "Critical response I: How not to historicize theory." Critical Inquiry 34.3 (March 1, 2008): 563-582. (Review)

Jameson, F. "The square peg in the round hole or the history of spaceflight." CRITICAL INQUIRY 34 (2008): 172-183.

Jameson, F. "O romance histórico ainda é possível?." Novos Estudos - CEBRAP 77 (March 2007): 185-203. Full Text

Jameson, F. "A Note on the Specificity of Newer Turkish Cinema." Ekran (2007). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Introduction to Isozaki Arata's "City Demolition Industry, Inc." and "Rumor City"." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 106.4 (2007): 849-852. Full Text