Contributors to Volume 30, No 2

Sandeep Banerjee

Sandeep Banerjee is Assistant Professor of English at McGill University. His research focuses on South Asian literary and cultural texts from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as literary and social theory. It takes up questions of the production of space and nature, nationalism, globalization, the global history of the novel, and aesthetics in the global periphery from a materialist perspective. His articles have been published in Victorian Literature and Culture and Modern Asian Studies, and in the edited volume Cities in South Asia. He is completing his monograph, Landscapes of the Postcolony: Spatial Utopianism in the Age of Empire, that examines the spatial dimension of Indian anti-colonial nationalism. He is also researching the literary imagination of the colonial Himalaya, funded by a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

Matthew Flisfeder

Matthew Flisfeder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury 2017) and The Symbolic, the Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

Eli Jelly-Schapiro

Eli Jelly-Schapiro is an assistant professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses in global contemporary literature. His writing has appeared in Transition, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Chronicle Review, The Nation, The Journal of American Studies, Transforming Anthropology, and Critique, among other publications.

Carolyn Lesjak

Carolyn Lesjak is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University and is the author of Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Duke UP), as well as numerous articles on nineteenth-century British literature and culture and Marxist theory. Recent essays include “Reading Dialectically” (Criticism), “Acts of Enclosure and their Afterlife” (BRANCH); and a review essay on Franco Moretti (Historical Materialism). She is currently completing a project on the material basis of character in Victorian literature and its relationship to notions of the common(s).

Promise Li

Promise Li researches Renaissance poetry and poetics, early modern women’s literature, and critical theory. His work is published or forthcoming in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, Sixteenth Century Journal, and The Hong Kong Review of Books. He is affiliated with Occidental College and is currently working on the connections between humanist pedagogy and post-humanism in Edmund Spenser’s poetry.

Warren Montag

Warren Montag is the Brown Family Professor of Literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles. His most recent books include Althusser and his Contemporaries (Duke University Press, 2013) and The Other Adam Smith (Stanford University Press, 2014). Montag is also the editor of Décalages, a journal on Althusser and his circle, and the translator of Étienne Balibar’s Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness (Verso, 2013).

Auritro Majumder

Auritro Majumder is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston. He writes and teaches on modern anglophone and postcolonial literature, cinema, and critical and social theory, particularly Marxism. Currently, he is working on his first book, which details the literary and cultural representations of the Maoist Naxalite movement in India from the 1960s to the contemporary era. Majumder has published or has forthcoming essays in the journals Comparative Literature Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Research in African Literatures. In addition, he has contributed chapters to the edited volumes History, Imperialism, Critique: New Essays in World Literature (Routledge), Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh (Fairleigh Dickinson UP), Contentious Connections: Social Imagination in Globalizing South Asia (Cambridge Scholars UP), and Modern Social Thinkers (Setu P). He can be reached at

Mitch R. Murray

Mitch R. Murray is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida, where he is writing a project on The Art of Genre: The Künstlerroman in 21st Century American Fiction. You can read his work in ImageTexT and Science Fiction Film and Television.

Oded Nir

Oded Nir is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and Franklin and Marshall College. His work focuses on the intersection of Marxist notions of totality and Israeli literature and culture. His book Signatures if Struggle, which presents a Marxist rethinking of Israeli literary history, is forthcoming from SUNY Press. 

Jason Read

Jason Read is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory of the Present (SUNY 2003) and The Politics of Transindividuality (Brill 2015/Haymarket 2016). He has published essays on Spinoza, Deleuze, Foucault, and The Wire.He blogs at

Davis Smith-Brecheisen

Davis Smith-Brecheisen is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he works on American literature, literary theory, and the history of the novel. His work has appeared in Studies in American Fiction, Mediations, and The Jacobin.

Imre Szeman

Imre Szeman is Professor of Communication and English at the University of Waterloo. His recent books include Fueling Culture: 101 Words on Energy and Environment (co-ed, 2017) and Energy Humanities: An Anthology (co-ed, 2017). 

Phillip E. Wegner

Phillip E. Wegner is the Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar and Professor of English at the University of Florida. He is the founder of UF’s Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory (SCT@UF) and faculty sponsor for the graduate student Marxist Reading Group and their annual international conference. His most recent books are Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (2014) and Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia (2014).