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
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. “Post Modernism & Video Text.” Poetics of Writing, edited by N Fabb et al, Manchester Press, 1987.

JAMESON, F. ON 'HABITS OF THE HEART'. Vol. 86, 1987, pp. 545–65.

Sanfilippo, F., and R. Bollinger. Foreword. Vol. 14, 1985. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0198-8859(85)90227-7. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Architecture and the Critique of Ideology.” Architecture Criticism Ideology, Princeton Architectural Press, 1985, pp. 51–87.

Jameson, F. “The Realist Floor Plan.” On Signs, edited by M. Blonsky, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985, pp. 373–83.

Jameson, F. “Baudelaire as Modernist and Postmodernist: The Dissolution of the Referent and the Artificial ‘Sublime’.” Lyric Poetry: Beyond New Criticism, edited by C. Hosek and Patricia Parker, Cornell University Press, 1985, pp. 247–63.

Jameson, F. “Rimbaud and the Spatial Text.” Rewriting Literary History, edited by Tak-Wai Wong, Hong Kong University Press, 1984, pp. 66–88.

Jameson, F. “Flaubert’s Libidinal Historicism: Trois Contes.” Flaubert and Postmodernism, edited by N. Schor and H. F. Majewski, University of Nebraska Press, 1984, pp. 76–83.

Jameson, F. “An Overview.” Rewriting Literary History, edited by Tak-Wai Wong and M. A. Abbas, Hong Kong University Press, 1984, pp. 338–47.

Jameson, F. “Periodizing the Sixties.” The Sixties Without Apologies, edited by Sayres et al, University of Minnesota Press, 1984, pp. 178–209.


Jameson, F. “Introduction to Isozaki Arata's "City Demolition Industry, Inc." and "Rumor City".” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 106, no. 4, Dec. 2007, pp. 849–52. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-2007-049. Full Text

Jameson, F. “O romance histórico ainda è possível?Novos Estudos Cebrap, no. 77, Mar. 2007, pp. 185–203.

Jameson, F. “A Note on the Specificity of Newer Turkish Cinema.” Ekran, 2007.

Jameson, F. “Lolita after Fifty Years".” Playboy, Playboy Magazine, Dec. 2005.

Jameson, F. “Symptoms of theory or symptoms for theory?Critical Inquiry, vol. 30, no. 2, Jan. 2004, pp. 403–08. Scopus, doi:10.1086/421141. Full Text

Jameson, F. “The politics of Utopia.” New Left Review, no. 25, Jan. 2004.

Jameson, Fredric. “Marc Angenot, Literary History, and the Study of Culture In the Nineteenth Century.” The Yale Journal of Criticism, vol. 17, no. 2, Project Muse, 2004, pp. 233–53. Crossref, doi:10.1353/yale.2004.0013. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Moms: The generic window.” New Literary History, vol. 34, no. 3, Dec. 2003, pp. 431–51. Scopus, doi:10.1353/nlh.2003.0033. Full Text

Jameson, F. “Fear and loathing in globalization.” New Left Review, no. 23, Sept. 2003, pp. 105–14.

Jameson, F. “"Morus the Generic Window".” New Literary History, 2003.