Fredric Jameson

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 Antinomies of Realism. November 2014. Full Text

Jameson, F. The Hegel Variations. 2011.

Jameson, F, Jameson, F, and Usanos, D. Reflexiones sobre la postmodernidad. Abada Editores, 2010.

Jameson, F. The Modernist Papers. Verso, 2007.

Jameson, F. Jameson on Jameson. Ed. I Buchanan. Duke University Press, 2007.


Jameson, F. "‘In the destructive element immerse’: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg and cultural revolution." Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, the Film Director as Critical Thinker: Essays and Interviews. January 1, 2016. 81-97. Full Text

Jameson, F, and Kouvelakis, S. "Angelopoulos and collective narrative." The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos. October 8, 2015. 169-192.

Griffin, SM, Jameson, F, and James, H. "Introduction." September 1, 2015. 197-198. Full Text

Crome, I, Wu, LT, Rao, RT, and Crome, P. "Introduction." December 31, 2015. xxiv-xxv.

Jameson, F. "“ Actualité de Sartre”." Qu’estce que la subjectivité?. Ed. E Kail and Kirchmayr. 2013. pp. 177-187.

Jameson, F. "A Note on Literary Realism in Conclusion." Adventures in Realism. April 15, 2008. 261-271. Full Text

Jameson, F. "Persistencies of the dialectic: Three sites." Dialectics for the New Century. February 27, 2008. 118-131. Full Text

Gillespie, MA. "Afterword." Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus. 2008. (Afterword)

Jameson, F. "Note on Literary Realism." Adventures in Realism. Ed. M Beaumont. Blackwell, 2007.

Jameson, F. "Lacan and the Dialectic." Lacan: The Silent Partners. Ed. S Zizek. Verso, 2006.


Jameson, F. "Preface." Rethinking Marxism 30.3 (July 3, 2018): 333-335. Full Text

Jameson, F. "Badiou and the French tradition." New Left Review 102 (November 1, 2016): 99-117. (Review)

Jameson, F. "Marxist criticism and hegel." Pmla 131.2 (March 1, 2016): 430-438. (Review) Full Text

Jameson, F. "Gherman's anti-aesthetic." New Left Review 97 (January 1, 2016): 95-105. (Review)

Jameson, F. "In Hyperspace." London Review of Books 37.17 (September 10, 2015): 17-22.

Jameson, F. "Remarks on Henry James." Henry James Review 36.3 (September 1, 2015): 296-306. Full Text

Jameson, F. "On re-reading life and fate." New Left Review 95 (September 1, 2015): 81-93. (Review)

Jameson, F. "Early Lukács, Aesthetics of Politics?." Historical Materialism 23.1 (March 25, 2015): 3-27. Full Text

Jameson, F. "The aesthetics of singularity." New Left Review 92 (March 1, 2015): 101-132. (Review)

Jameson, F. "Sartre's actuality." New Left Review 88 (July 1, 2014): 113-119. (Review)


Jameson, F. "Adaptation as a Philosophical Question." Ed. C MacCabe. (2012): 215-233.

Jameson, F. "Representing Capital." (2010).

Jameson, F. "Globalization and hybridization." (September 1, 2009): 315-319. (Chapter) Full Text

Jameson, F. "Capital in its Time and Space." (2007).

Jameson, F. "History and elegy in Sokurov." Critical Inquiry 33.1 (January 1, 2006): 1-12. (Review) Full Text