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. “Pleasure: A Political Issue.” Formations of Pleasure, edited by T Bennett et al, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983.

Jameson, F. “Postmodernism and Consumer Society.” The Anti-Aesthetic, edited by Hal Foster, Bay Press, 1983, pp. 111–25.

Jameson, F. “Ulysses in History.” James Joyce and Modern Literature, edited by W. J. McCormack and Alistair Stead, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982, pp. 126–41.

Jameson, F. “Religion and Ideology: A Political Reading of Paradise Lost.” “1642” Proceedings of 1980 Essex Sociology of Literature Conference, edited by F. Barker, University of Essex, 1981.

Jameson, F. “Balzac et le problème du sujet.” Le Roman de Balzac, edited by R Le Huenen and P. Perron, Didier, 1980, pp. 65–76.

Jameson, F. “Reflections in Conclusion.” Aesthetics and Politics, New Left Books, 1977, pp. 196–213.

Jameson, F. “Criticism in History.” Weapons of Criticism: Marxism in America and the Literary Tradition, edited by N. Rudich, Palo Alto, CA: Ramparts Press, 1976, pp. 31–50.

Jameson, F. “L’Inconscient politique.” La Lecture Sociocritique Du Texte Romanesque, edited by G. Falconer and H. Metterand, Hakkert, 1975, pp. 39–48.

Jameson, F. “Three Methods in Sartre’s Literary Criticism.” Modern French Criticism, edited by J. K. Simon, University of Chicago Press, 1972, pp. 193–227.


Jameson, F. “The end of temporality.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 29, no. 4, Jan. 2003, pp. 695–718. Scopus, doi:10.1086/377726. Full Text

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

Jameson, F. “"On Kenzburo Oe".” London Review of Books, 2003.

Jameson, F. “Radical fantasy.” Historical Materialism, vol. 10, no. 4, Dec. 2002, pp. 273–80. Scopus, doi:10.1163/15692060260474477. Full Text

Jameson, F. “The dialectics of disaster.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101, no. 2, Dec. 2002, pp. 297–304. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-101-2-297. Full Text

Miller, J. H., et al. “Questionnaire.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, Dec. 2001, pp. 221–26. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10260210108456068. Full Text

Jameson, F. “A defence of history and class consciousness: Tailism and the dialectic.” Radical Philosophy, no. 110, 2001, pp. 36–40.

Jameson, F. “Globalization and political strategy.” New Left Review, no. 4, July 2000, pp. 49–68.

Jameson, F. “On Neal Bell.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 99, 2000.

Jameson, F. “On the Matrix.” Centre Pompidou, 2000.