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. "Architecture and the Critique of Ideology." Architecture Criticism Ideology. Princeton Architectural Press, 1985. 51-87.

Jameson, F. "The Realist Floor Plan." On Signs. Ed. M Blonsky. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985. 373-383.

Jameson, F. "Baudelaire as Modernist and Postmodernist: The Dissolution of the Referent and the Artificial ‘Sublime’." Lyric Poetry: Beyond New Criticism. Ed. C Hosek and P Parker. Cornell University Press, 1985. 247-263.

Jameson, F. "Flaubert’s Libidinal Historicism: Trois Contes." Flaubert and Postmodernism. Ed. N Schor and HF Majewski. University of Nebraska Press, 1984. 76-83.

Jameson, F. "An Overview." Rewriting Literary History. Ed. T-W Wong and MA Abbas. Hong Kong University Press, 1984. 338-347.

Jameson, F. "Periodizing the Sixties." The Sixties Without Apologies. Ed. SE al. University of Minnesota Press, 1984. 178-209.

Jameson, F. "Rimbaud and the Spatial Text." Rewriting Literary History. Ed. T-W Wong. Hong Kong University Press, 1984. 66-88.

Jameson, F. "Pleasure: A Political Issue." Formations of Pleasure. Ed. TBE al. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983.

Jameson, F. "Postmodernism and Consumer Society." The Anti-Aesthetic. Ed. H Foster. Bay Press, 1983. 111-125.

Jameson, F. "Ulysses in History." James Joyce and Modern Literature. Ed. WJ McCormack and A Stead. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. 126-141.


Jameson, F. "Lolita after Fifty Years"." Playboy (December 2005). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Symptoms of theory or symptoms for theory?." CRITICAL INQUIRY 30.2 (2004): 403-408. Full Text

Jameson, F. "The politics of Utopia." NEW LEFT REVIEW 25 (2004): 35-54.

Jameson, F. "Moms: The generic window." New Literary History 34.3 (December 1, 2003): 431-451. Full Text

Jameson, F. ""Morus the Generic Window"." New Literary History (2003). (Academic Article)

Jameson, F. "Future city." NEW LEFT REVIEW 21 (2003): 65-80.

Jameson, F. "Fear and loathing in globalization." NEW LEFT REVIEW 23 (2003): 105-114.

Jameson, F. "The end of temporality." CRITICAL INQUIRY 29.4 (2003): 695-718. Full Text

Jameson, F. ""On Kenzburo Oe"." London Review of Books (2003). (Academic Article)