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 Jameson Reader. Ed. M Hardt and K Weeks. Blackwell Publishing, July 13, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

Jameson, F. Signatures of the Visible. Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Inc., 1990.

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

Jameson, F. The Ideology of Theory, Essays 1971-1986. University of Minnesota Press, 1988.


Jameson, F. "Thoughts on Balkan Cinema." Alphabet City: Subtitles. Ed. I Balfour and A Egoyan. MIT Press, 2004. 231-257.

Jameson, F. "The Doll." The Novel. Ed. F Moretti. Einaudi Press, 2004.

Shun, KL, and Wong, DB. "Introduction." Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community. January 1, 2004. 1-8. Full Text

Jameson, F. ""Experiments with Time: Realism and the Providential"." Il Romanzo. Ed. F Moretti. 2003. 183-213.

Jameson, F. "The Imaginary of Globalization." Collective Imagination: Limits and Beyond. Ed. E Larreta. 2001. 21-52.

Jameson, F. ""Europe and Its Others"." Unpacking Europe. Ed. S Hassan and I Dadi. NAi Publishers, 2001. 294-303.

Jameson, F. "Kim Stanley Robinson." Estrangement and Cognition in Science Fiction and Utopian Literature. Ed. P Paarrinder. Liverpool University Press, 2000.

Jameson, F. "The Story of a Year: Continuities and Discontinuities in Marc Angenot’s 1889." Peripheries of 19th Century French Studies: Views from the Edge. University of Delaware Press, 2000.

Jameson, F. "Theo Angelopolous: The Past as History, The Future as Form." The Last Modernist. Ed. A Horton. Flicks Books, January 1998.

Dzau, VJ. "Introduction." January 1, 1990. V-VI.


Jameson, F. "Antinomies of the Realism-Modernism Debate." MODERN LANGUAGE QUARTERLY 73.3 (September 2012): 475-485. Full Text

Jameson, F. "Eine Neue Kapital-Lecture." Das Argument 34 (2012): 39-42. (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Dirty Little Secret." London Review of Books 34 (2012). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Red Plenty." NEW LEFT REVIEW 75 (2012): 119-127.

Jameson, F. "The Luck of Per Sedonius." London Review of Books vol. 71 (2011): 17-18. (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Dresden’s Clocks." New Left Review vol. 71 (2011): 141-152. (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Realism and Utopia in the Wire." Criticism vol. 52 (2011): 359-372. (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Deineke." essay for exhibit catalogue (2011). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "A businessman in love." Teksty Drugie 1-2 (December 1, 2010): 267-277.

Jameson, F. "Regieoper, or Eurotrash?." New Left Review 64 (July 1, 2010): 111-129.