Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson

Knut Schmidt Nielsen Distinguished 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
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Thursdays 11:45am-1:45pm via Skype.

Fredric Jameson is currently Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies (French), and Director of the Institute for Critical Theory. He 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 The Antinomies of Realism (2013, recipient of the Truman Capote Award), The Ancients and the Postmoderns (2015), Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality (2016), The Benjamin Files (2020), and Allegory and Ideology (2019). 

Among Professor Jameson's ongoing research 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.

Jameson's 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.

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. Signatures of the visible. 2016, pp. 1–350. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203821862. Full Text

BENNETT, B. R. I. D. G. E. T., et al. Roundtable - Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism (London: Verso, 2013, £20.00). Pp. 432. isbn: 978 1 7816 8133 6. Vol. 48, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2014, pp. 1069–89. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0021875814001376. Full Text

Jameson, F. Signatures of the visible. 2013, pp. 1–254. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203700150. Full Text

Jameson, F. The Hegel Variations. 2011.

Jameson, F., et al. Reflexiones sobre la postmodernidad. Abada Editores, 2010.

Jameson, F. The Modernist Papers. Verso, 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, 2016, pp. 81–97. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-830-3. Full Text

Jameson, F., and S. Kouvelakis. “Angelopoulos and collective narrative.” The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos, 2015, pp. 169–92.

Griffin, S. M., et al. Introduction. Vol. 36, 2015, pp. 197–98. Scopus, doi:10.1353/hjr.2015.0032. Full Text

Crome, I., et al. Introduction. 2014, pp. xxiv–xxv.

Jameson, F. ““ Actualité de Sartre”.” Qu’estce Que La Subjectivité?, edited by ed Kail and ed Kirchmayr, 2013, p. pp.177-187.

Jameson, F. “A Note on Literary Realism in Conclusion.” Adventures in Realism, 2008, pp. 261–71. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470692035.ch15. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Persistencies of the dialectic: Three sites.” Dialectics for the New Century, 2008, pp. 118–31. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9780230583818. Full Text

Gillespie, M. A. “Afterword.” Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus, 2008.

Jameson, F. “Note on Literary Realism.” Adventures in Realism, edited by M. Beaumont, Blackwell, 2007.

Jameson, F. “Lacan and the Dialectic.” Lacan: The Silent Partners, edited by Slavoj Zizek, Verso, 2006.


Jameson, F. “Aesthetics today.” Clcweb  Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 22, no. 3, Jan. 2020, pp. 1–4. Scopus, doi:10.7771/1481-4374.3909. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Preface.” Rethinking Marxism, vol. 30, no. 3, July 2018, pp. 333–35. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08935696.2018.1525964. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Badiou and the French tradition.” New Left Review, no. 102, Nov. 2016, pp. 99–117.

Jameson, F. “Marxist criticism and hegel.” Pmla, vol. 131, no. 2, Mar. 2016, pp. 430–38. Scopus, doi:10.1632/pmla.2016.131.2.430. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Gherman's anti-aesthetic.” New Left Review, no. 97, Jan. 2016, pp. 95–105.

Jameson, F. “In Hyperspace.” London Review of Books, vol. 37, no. 17, Sept. 2015, pp. 17–22.

Jameson, F. “Remarks on Henry James.” Henry James Review, vol. 36, no. 3, Sept. 2015, pp. 296–306. Scopus, doi:10.1353/hjr.2015.0027. Full Text

Jameson, F. “On re-reading life and fate.” New Left Review, no. 95, Sept. 2015, pp. 81–93.

Jameson, F. “The aesthetics of singularity.” New Left Review, no. 92, Mar. 2015, pp. 101–32.

Jameson, F. “Early Lukács, aesthetics of politics?Historical Materialism, vol. 23, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 3–27. Scopus, doi:10.1163/1569206X-12341386. Full Text


Jameson, F. Adaptation as a Philosophical Question. Edited by Colin MacCabe, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 215–33.

Jameson, F. Representing Capital. Verso, 2010.

Jameson, F. Globalization and hybridization. 1 Sept. 2009, pp. 315–19. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203882795. Full Text

Jameson, F. Capital in its Time and Space. Verso, 2007.

Jameson, F. “History and elegy in Sokurov.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 33, no. 1, 1 Jan. 2006, pp. 1–12. Scopus, doi:10.1086/509743. Full Text

Jameson, F. translation of an Italian essay. 2006.