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 theoretical hesitation: Benjamin's sociological predecessor.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 25, no. 2, Dec. 1999, pp. 267–85.

Jameson, F. “Persistencies of the dialectic: Three sites.” Science and Society, vol. 62, no. 3, Sept. 1998, pp. 358–72.

Jameson, F. “The Brick and the Baloon.” New Left Review, vol. 228, 1998, pp. 25–46.

Jameson, F. “Culture and finance capital.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 24, no. 1, Sept. 1997, pp. 246–64.

Jameson, F. “Marxism and dualism in Deleuze.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 96, no. 3, 1997, pp. 393–416.

Jameson, F. “XXL Rem Koolhaas’s Great Big Bildungsroman.” Village Voice, vol. 145, May 1996.

Jameson, F. “Five theses on actually existing Marxism.” Monthly Review an Independent Socialist Magazine, vol. 47, no. 11, Apr. 1996, pp. 1–10.

Jameson, F. “Space Wars.” London Review of Books, vol. 18, 1996.

Jameson, F. “A Message in the Bottle for a Different Future.” Materiallien Sum Historisch Kritischen Wörterbuch Des Marxismus, Argument Verlag, 1996.

Jameson, F. “Après the Avant Garde.” London Review of Books, vol. 18, 1996.