Carolyn Lesjak

Associate Professor

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  • BA (Swarthmore College)
  • MA and PhD (Duke)


Carolyn specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and also teaches courses in the theory of the novel and Marxist and feminist theory. She is the author of Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Duke 2006) as well as numerous articles and contributions to literary encyclopedias and studies of the Victorian novel, such as the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, The Cambridge History of the English Novel and The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. Her work has appeared in ELHNovelStudies in the Literary ImaginationUtopian Studies, and a number of collected volumes of essays, including On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization and a forthcoming collection on twenty-first century Marxist literary criticism. Her current book project examines the character and ethics of Victorian object relations and reassesses the related critical paradigms of new historicism, thing theory, and studies in material culture. Other projects include work on Oscar Wilde and nineteenth-century atomic theory; ongoing contributions to debates concerning contemporary Marxist theory; and increasing involvement in questions regarding the status of theory and the university within the current neoliberal moment.