Alex Woloch

Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities and Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature
B.A., Columbia College, New York, Comparative Literature (1992)
M.Phil., Yale University, New Haven CT, Comparative Literature (1995)
Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven CT, Comparative Literature (1998)
Alex Woloch

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:

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(650) 723-4594
Office
460-304

Office Hours

Tuesday 3:00-4:00 and Remote by appointment

Research Interests

Specialization(s)
British Literature - 19th Century, British Literature - 20th Century