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

Jameson, F. The Political Unconscious. Cornell University Press, 1981.

Jameson, F. Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, The Modernist as Fascist. University of California Press, 1979.

Jameson, F. The Prison-House of Language. Princeton University Press, 1972.

Jameson, F. Sartre: The Origins of a Style. Yale University Press, 1961.


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, edited by Andrew Horton, Flicks Books, 1998.

Dzau, V. J. Introduction. Vol. 15, 1990, pp. V–VI. Scopus, doi:10.1097/00005344-199000152-00001. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Spatial Equivalents: Postmodern Architecture and the World System.” The States of Theory, edited by David Carroll, Columbia U. Press, 1990, pp. 125–48.

Jameson, F. “Postmodernism and the Market.” The Retreat of the Intellectuals: Socialist Register 1990, edited by F. Ralph, Melin Press, 1990, pp. 95–110.

Jameson, F. “Marxism & Postmodernism.” Postmodernism/Jameson Critique, edited by Douglas Kellner, Maisonneuve Press, 1989.

Jameson, F. “Modernism & Imperialism.” Nationalism, Colonialism & Literature, Field Day Pamphlet, Derry, Ireland, 1988, pp. 5–25.

Jameson, F. “Cognitive Mapping.” Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture, edited by C. Nelson and L. Grossberg, Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1988.

Jameson, F. “Postmodernism & Consumer Society.” Postmodernism & Its Discontents, edited by E Ann Kaplan, Verso Press, 1988, pp. 13–29.


Jameson, F. “Regieoper, or Eurotrash?New Left Review, no. 64, July 2010, pp. 111–29.

Jameson, F. “Realism and utopia in The Wire.” Criticism, vol. 52, no. 3–4, Jan. 2010, pp. 359–72. Scopus, doi:10.1353/crt.2010.0053. Full Text

Jameson, F. “War and representation.” Pmla, vol. 124, no. 5, Oct. 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1632/pmla.2009.124.5.1532. Full Text

Jameson, F. ““Then You Are Them”.” London Review of Books, 2009.

Jameson, F. ““Filming Capital”.” New Left Review, 2009.

Jameson, F. “The square peg in the round hole or the history of spaceflight.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 34, no. 2 SUPPL., Dec. 2008.

Jameson, F. “New literary history after the end of the new.” New Literary History, vol. 39, no. 3–4, Dec. 2008.

Sofronov, V., et al. “The theory of marxism:Questions and answers.” Rethinking Marxism, vol. 20, no. 3, July 2008, pp. 367–84. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08935690802133943. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Critical response I: How not to historicize theory.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 34, no. 3, Mar. 2008, pp. 563–82.

Jameson, F. “A note on reification in Hegel's logic.” Critical Quarterly, vol. 50, no. 3, Jan. 2008, pp. 33–42. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8705.2008.00839.x. Full Text