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Alex Woloch

Professor
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: 
1999

About

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:

(Photo by Ved Chirayath)

 

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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.