Duke the Program In Literature

    Fredric Jameson
  • Fredric Jameson

  • Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature
  • Literature
  • 101 Friedl Bldg, 1316 Campus Drive Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 684-4155
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30am, Thursdays by appointment.
  • Overview

    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.
  • Specialties

    • Critical Theory
  • Research Description

    Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies (French), and Director of the Institute 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 of Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991, which won the MLA Lowell Award), Seeds of Time (1994), Brecht and Method (1998), The Cultural Turn (1998), and A Singular Modernity (2002). His recent works include Archaeologies of the Future (2005) and The Modernist Papers (2007). His most frequently taught courses cover modernism, Third World literature and cinema, Marx & Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, 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.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Yale University,
      • 1959
      • M.A.,
      • Yale University,
      • 1956
      • B.A.,
      • Haverford College,
      • 1954
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism,
      • University of Iowa Writer's Workshop,
      • January 2014
      • The Wilbur Cross Medal,
      • Graduate School Alumni Association, Yale University,
      • October 2013
      • Lifetime Achievement Award,
      • Modern Language Association,
      • January, 2012
      • Holberg International Memorial Prize,
      • Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research,
      • January 2008
      • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters,
      • University of Chicago,
      • January 2001
      • James Russell Lowell Prize,
      • Modern Language Association,
      • 1990
      • Fellow,
      • American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
      • January 1984
      • Guggenheim Fellowship,
      • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
      • January 1980
      • William Riley Parker Prize,
      • Modern Language Association,
      • 1971
      • Guggenheim Fellowship,
      • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
      • January 1970
  • Recent Publications

      • F Jameson.
      • "on Re-reading Life and Fate."
      • New Left Review
      • 95
      • (2016)
      • :
      • 81-93.
      • F Jameson.
      • "In Hyperspace."
      • London Review of Books
      • 37
      • .17
      • (2016)
      • :
      • 17-22.
      • F Jameson.
      • "Early Lukács, Aesthetics of Politics?."
      • Historical Materialism
      • 23
      • .1
      • (2015)
      • :
      • 3-27.
      • [web]
      • F Jameson.
      • "Remarks on Henry James."
      • The Henry James Review
      • 36
      • .3
      • (2015)
      • :
      • 296-306.
      • [web]
      • I Crome, LT Wu, RT Rao and P Crome.
      • "Introduction."
      • 2014.
      • xxiv-xxv.
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  • Teaching

    • LIT 690.01
      • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
      • Friedl Bdg 107
      • TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
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