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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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. Jameson on Jameson. Edited by I. Buchanan, Duke University Press, 2007.

Jameson, F. A Singular Modernity. Verso Press, 2002.

Jameson, Fredric. The Jameson Reader. Edited by Fredric Hardt, M and K. Weeks, Blackwell Publishing, 2000.

Jameson, F. The Cultural Turn. London: Verso Press, 1998.

Jameson, F. Brecht and Method. London: Verso Press, 1998.

Jameson, F. Theory of Culture. Rikkyo University, 1994.

Jameson, F. Seeds of Time. Columbia University Press, 1994.

Jameson, F. The Geopolitical Aesthetic, or, Cinema and Space in the World System. Inidiana University Press and BFI Publishsing, 1992.

Jameson, F. Late Marxism: Adorno, or, the Persistence of the Dialectic. London: Verso Press, 1990.


Shun, K. L., and D. B. Wong. “Introduction.” Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community, vol. 9780521792172, 2004, pp. 1–8. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511606960.001. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Storia ed Elegia in Sokurov.” Alessandr Sokurov: Eclissi Di Cinema, edited by Stefano Francia di Celle et al., 2004, pp. 127–33.

Jameson, F. “Dekalog as Decameron.” Fredric Jameson: A Critical Reader, edited by Sean Homer and Douglas Kellner, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004, pp. 210–22.

Jameson, F. “Thoughts on Balkan Cinema.” Alphabet City: Subtitles, edited by Ian Balfour and Atom Egoyan, MIT Press, 2004, pp. 231–57.

Jameson, F. “The Doll.” The Novel, edited by Franco Moretti, vol. 5, Einaudi Press, 2004.

Jameson, F. “History lessons.” Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe, 2003, pp. 69–80.

Jameson, F. “"Experiments with Time: Realism and the Providential".” Il Romanzo, edited by Franco Moretti, vol. IV, 2003, pp. 183–213.

Jameson, F. “The Imaginary of Globalization.” Collective Imagination: Limits and Beyond, edited by Enrique Larreta, 2001, pp. 21–52.

Jameson, F. “"Europe and Its Others".” Unpacking Europe, edited by Salah Hassan and I. Dadi, NAi Publishers, 2001, pp. 294–303.

Jameson, F. “Kim Stanley Robinson.” Estrangement and Cognition in Science Fiction and Utopian Literature, edited by Patrick Paarrinder, Liverpool University Press, 2000.


Jameson, F. ““Wagner as Dramatist and Allegorist”.” Modernist Cultures, vol. Vol. 8.1, 2013, pp. pp9-41.

Jameson, F. “Antinomies of the realism-modernism debate.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 73, no. 3, Sept. 2012, pp. 475–85. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00267929-1631487. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Eine Neue Kapital-Lecture.” Das Argument, vol. 34, 2012, pp. 39–42.

Jameson, F. “Dirty Little Secret.” London Review of Books, vol. 34, 2012.

Jameson, Fredric. “Red Plenty.” New Left Review, no. 75, 2012, pp. 119–27.

Jameson, F. “Filming Marx.” Europe, vol. 89, no. 988–989, Aug. 2011, pp. 179–88.

Jameson, F. “The Luck of Per Sedonius.” London Review of Books, vol. 71, 2011, pp. 17–18.

Jameson, F. “Dresden’s Clocks.” New Left Review, vol. 71, 2011, pp. 141–52.

Jameson, F. “Deineke.” Essay for Exhibit Catalogue, 2011.

Jameson, F. “A businessman in love.” Teksty Drugie, no. 1–2, Dec. 2010, pp. 267–77.