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Alex Woloch

Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities
B.A. Comparative Literature, Columbia College, 1992
M.Phil. Comparative Literature, Yale, 1995
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Yale, 1998
At Stanford Since: 


Alex Woloch is Department Chair. He 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 Orwell was 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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Jul 27 2017 | Stanford News
English Professor Alex Woloch and two doctoral students discuss why the work of the 19th-century author still dominate our culture.