Alex Woloch received his B.A. and PhD in Comparative Literature. He teaches and writes about literary criticism, narrative theory, the history of the novel, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. He is the author of The One vs. The Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel (Princeton UP, 2003), which attempts to reestablish the centrality of characterization — the fictional representation of human beings — within narrative poetics. He is also the author of Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism (Harvard UP, 2016), which takes up the literature-and-politics question through a close reading of George Orwell’s generically experimental non-fiction prose. Or Orwellwas shortlisted for the 2017 Christian Gauss Award and won honorable mention for the MLA's 2017 Matei Calinescu Prize (for best book on twentieth- or twenty-first century literature and thought). A new book in progress, provisionally entitled Partial Representation, will consider the complicated relationship between realism and form in a variety of media, genres and texts. This book will focus on the paradoxical ways in which form is at once necessary, and inimical, to representation. Woloch is also the co-editor, with Peter Brooks of Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (Yale UP, 2000).
Recent essays and articles include:
- "Form and Representation in Auerbach's Mimesis" in Affirmations: of the modern (Vol 2.1, 2014)
- "Orwell and the Essay Form: Two Case Studies" in Republics of Letters (4.1, 2014)
- "Daniel Deronda: Late Form, or After Middlemarch" in A Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw (Blackwell, 2013)
- "Partial Representation," in The Work of Genre: Selected Essays from the English Institute (ACLS, 2011)
- “Character Insecurity in Austen’s Sense and Sensibility,” in Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century Novel, eds. Caroline Levine and Mario Ortiz-Robles (Ohio State UP, 2011)
- “A New Foreword" to Enemies of Promise by Cyril Connolly (reissued by U of Chicago Press, 2008)
- “Break-Ups and Reunions: Late Realism in Early Sayles,” in Sayles Talk: Essays on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles, eds. Heidi Kenaga and Diane Carson (Wayne State UP, 2005).
Doing Literary History: Orwell in the World (HISTORY 200K)
Dickens and Eliot
Readings in Close Reading