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ANNA KORNBLUH

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Associate Professor, English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014 to present
Assistant Professor, English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008 to present
Visiting Assistant Professor, English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007-2008

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION
Associate Head, Department of English, UIC, January 2016 to present

DEGREES
Ph.D. English, University of California, Irvine, July 2007
M.A. English, University of California, Irvine, June 2004
M.A. Film Studies and Critical Pedagogy, UCLA, June 2001
B.A. Political Science, cum laude Macalester College, June 1999

PUBLICATIONS
Book
Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Realist Form (Fordham University Press, 2014)

Books in Progress
The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space

Marxism: Fight Club (Bloomsbury Film Theory in Practice series)

Articles

Forthcoming

“The German Ideology” Bloomsbury Companion To Marx, 2018

“We Have Never Been Critical: Toward the Novel-As-Critique” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 2017

“Freud’s Return to Lacan” After Lacan, Cambridge University Press, 2017

In Print

“Realism’s Empire” (review essay) Novel: A Forum on Fiction 50.1

“Present Tense Futures of the Past” Victorian Studies 59.1, Autumn 2016

“Reading the Real” (SIC 10: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Literature But Were Afraid to Ask Zizek, Duke UP) January 2017

Presentism, Form, and the Future of History b2o: boundary2 online V21 Special Issue, Autumn 2016

“History Repeating” b2o: boundary2 online V21 Special Issue, Autumn 2016

States of Psychoanalysis: Formalization and the Space of the Political (Theory & Event, July 2016)

“The Realist Blueprint” (Henry James Review 36.3, Fall 2015)

“Obscure Forms: The Letter, The Law, and The Line in Hardy’s Social Geometry” (Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 48.1)

“The Matter of Fictitious Capital” (Romantic Circles, Winter 2015)

“Thomas Hardy’s ‘End of Prose’” (Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth- Century History, 2014)

“‘One of the Most Obscure Regions of Psychoanalysis’: Defamiliarizing Psychic Economy” (A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture, eds L. Marcus and A. Mukherjee, Oxford, 2014)

“On Marx’s Victorian Novel” (Mediations, 25.1, Winter 2011, 15-38.)

“The Economic Problem of Sympathy: Parabasis, Interest and Realist Form in Middlemarch” (ELH: English Literary History, 77.4, 2010, 941-967.)

“For the Love of Money” (Historical Materialism, 10.4, 2003)

“Making It: Reading Boogie Nights and Blow as Symbolic Economies of Surplus and Sentiment” (Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives, ed. Mike Wayne,
Pluto Press, 2005)

“Romancing the Capital: Choice, Love, and Contradiction in The Family Man and
Memento” (Lacan and Contemporary Film, eds. Todd McGowan and Sheila
Kunkle, The Other Press, 2004)

Response Essays and Reviews

The Murder of Theory (Public Books, Aug 2017)

“Forms” (review) Nineteenth Century Contexts 39.1

“Chicago Law” (Public Books, June 2016)

Novel Theory, Century Old: Editor’s Note to Mediations Lukacs 2016 special issue

“Road To Nowhere: On Alberto Toscano and Jeff Kinkle’s Cartographies of the Absolute” (LA Review of Books, August 2015)

“On Being Adequate to Our Own Fictions: Todd McGowan’s The Fictional Christopher Nolan (review; Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 2014)

“Economic Woman” (review; Textual Practice 2014)

“Enjoying Law: Psychoanalysis and Sovereign Bodies” (response essay; Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Summer 2012, 17-21.)

“The Novel as Event” (review; Victorian Studies, 54.1, Autumn 2011, 176-178.)

SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUES GUEST EDITED
“V21 Collective Special Issue” b2o: boundary2online
“Lukacs 2016: Theory of the Novel at 100” Mediations

INVITED AND KEYNOTE LECTURES
“We Have Never Been Critical” University of Washington at Seattle English Department, May 2017

“Capital, Personified” Red May, Seattle, May 2017

“Snapshots of Political Formalism” University of California at Berkeley Nineteenth Century Working Group, April 2017

“Realism Redux: Symbolic Logic on the Social Plane of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” University of California at Berkeley “Logic and Literary Form” Symposium, April 2017

“Snapshots of Political Formalism” Cornell University, Department of English, March 2017

“Symbolic Life” Cornell University, Psychoanalysis Reading Group, March 2017

“Cameras of Collective Life” Indiana University, Department of English, March 2017

“Photography Against Theory” Society for Critical Exchange, February 2017

“We Have Never Been Critical: Toward the Novel as Critique” University of Arizona McLaughlin-Weber Lecture, Department of English, January 2017

“The Realist Blueprint” University of Arizona, Department of English, January 2017

“University, Universitas” Columbia College “The University in the Era of Trump” Symposium, November 2016

“The Order of Forms” Humboldt University of Berlin “Politics of Form” Symposium, November 2016

“Formalism and / of Social Space” University of Oklahoma Genre Journal series, November 2016

“Towards a Strategic Presentism” Loyola University “Past and Present: New Directions in Victorian Studies” Symposium, October 2016

“Synchronicity and Space in Wuthering Heights” SUNY Buffalo Juxtapositions Lecture, Department of English, September 2016

“Symbolic Politics: Discontents, States, Maths” seminar, Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY Buffalo, September 2016

“The Proper Antagonism of Wuthering Heights” keynote, Stanford University Center for the Study of the Novel “Novel Marxisms” symposium, May 2016

“Towards a Strategic Presentism” V21 Collective Plenary, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association, March 2016

“The Order of Forms”: Three Lectures on Realism, Marxism, and Formalism, Centre for Expanded Poetics, Concordia University, February 2016

“States of Psychoanalysis: Formalization and the Space of the Political” Harvard University Mahindra Center Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar, October 2015

Visiting Professorship, University of Bern, February 2015

“Subsumption, Subjectivity, Synchronicity circa 1848” University of Bern, February 2015

“The Realist Blueprint” University of Notre Dame, Department of English, November 2014

“The Realist Blueprint: Architecture and Literary Ontology” University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of English, September 2014

“From Fictitious Capital to Irrational Exuberance: Psychologizing the Economy now and then” Columbia University Department of English, May 2013

“Financial Formalism in and of Great Expectations” Northwestern University Department of English, May 2011

“‘The Poetry of Banking’: Fictitious Capital and Victorian Form” Society for the Humanities Symposium “Poetry and Political Economy,” Cornell University, March 2011

“Financial Formalism” University of Missouri Department of English, Columbia, October 2010

“Fictitious Capital” UK Arts and Humanities Council Symposium “Cultures of the Market,” Manchester, September 2010

Fellow’s Lecture, “Fictitious Capital / Real Psyche: Victorian thoughts on finance and psychology, then and now” University of Illinois Institute for the Humanities, January 2010

Respondent, Amherst College Law Symposium “Biopolitics and Its Vicissitudes” April 2009

“‘To Realize Capital’: Analepsis and Libido in Great Expectations” University of Chicago 18th / 19th Century Cultures Workshop. January 2009

“Life in Question, or, The Inhuman InHuman” Program in Critical Theory, Otterbein College, October 2008

“‘Money Expects Money’: the economic problem of satire in The Way We Live Now” UCLA 19th-Century Studies Group, April 2007

“Enjoyment at the limits of sovereign power and bare life: psychoanalysis against Agamben” University of Vermont Department of English, November 2005

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Infrastructures of Political Formalism” American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 2017

“Presentism and Novel Theory” Society for Novel Studies, Pittsburgh, 2016

“States of Psychoanalysis” LACK, Colorado College, 2016

“Actually Existing Realism” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, 2016

“Theorizing Realism” Modern Language Association, Austin, 2016

“History Repeating” V21 Collective Symposium, University of Chicago, 2015

“Realism, Architecture, Totality” American Comparative Literature Association, University of Washington, 2015

“Realism’s Utopias” International Society for the Study of Narrative, Chicago, 2015

“Stuff and Nonsense: The Flat Logic of The Signifier” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, 2015

“Strange Matter” American Comparative Literature Association, New York, 2014

“Figuring Psychic Economy” Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2014

“The One and the Two: the Set Theory of Wuthering Heights” North American Victorian Studies Association, University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 2012

“Obscure Forms: The Letter, The Law, and The Line in Hardy’s Social Geometry” American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, April 2012

“The Matter of Fictitious Capital” Modern Language Association, Seattle, January 2012

“Realizing Capital: Realism and Finance” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, Washington and Lee University, April 2011

“‘One of the Most Obscure Regions of Psychoanalysis:’ Freud’s Economic Hypothesis” Psychoanalysis, Money, and the Economy Conference, Sigmund Freud Museum and Birkbeck College, July 2010

“Money Expects Money: Satiric Credit in The Way We Live Now” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, Case Western Reserve University, April 2010

“Market Theology” American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, April 2010

“Do Not Give Ground on Infinity” Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Rutgers University, October 2009

“Making Life: the nomos of the oikos” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, March 2009

“Distancing Capital: The Economic Hypothesis Redux” Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Rutgers University, October 2008

“‘The Geometric Structure’ of Reproduction: Ethics and Value in Jude the Obscure” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, University of Texas, Austin, May 2008 (Panel Organizer)

“Marx’s Aesthetic” American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, April 2008

SELECTED PANELS, SEMINARS, AND CONFERENCES ORGANIZED
“Debates in English Studies” Gerald Graff retirement symposium with Stanley Fish, Andrew Hoberek, Carla Kaplan, and Vershawn Young, Chicago, 2016 (Symposium Organizer)

“Gaze, Law, State” LACK, Colorado College, 2016 (Panel Organizer)

“Lukacs’s Theory of the Novel at 100: Historicism, Realism, Critique” Presidential Session, Modern Language Association, Austin, 2016 (Panel Organizer)

“Presentism, Form, and the Future of History” V21 Collective Symposium, University of Chicago, 2015 (Conference Organizer, with Benjamin Morgan)

“Utopian Constructions: Surface, Pole, Social Space” International Society for the Study of Narrative, Chicago, 2015 (Panel Organizer)

“Psychoanalysis: For or Against the Law?” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, 2015 (Panel Organizer)

“Photography’s Unconscious” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, 2015 (Panel Organizer)

“Psychic Investments” Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2014 (Panel Organizer)

“Feedback Loop: doubling logic and the logic of the double in Victorian realisms” North American Victorian Studies Association, University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 2012 (Panel Organizer)

“Psychoanalysis With and Against Biopolitics” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, March 2009 (Seminar Convener)

“Ethics and Economics in Narrative Form” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, University of Texas, Austin, May 2008 (Panel Organizer)

“Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Event” Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, University of California, Irvine, July 2004 (Coordinator for Intensive Two-Week Program)

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Institute for the Humanities, University of Illinois, Fellowship 2009-2010
Michael and Stacey Koehn Fellowship in Critical Theory, University of California, 2006-2007
Murray Krieger Fellowship in Literary Theory, University of California, 2002-2007

COURSES TAUGHT
Critical Conditions: Crisis, Criticism, Critique (introduction to theory and criticism for new PhD
students)
Formalism and Its Discontents (introduction to theory and criticism for new MA students)
Ideology: Aesthetics and Critique (introduction to theory and criticism for new MA students)
Sex, Society, and Other Relations that do not exist (psychoanalytic political theory graduate seminar)
Novel Worlds: Realism, Structuralism, Aesthetics (Victorian Novel graduate seminar)
Symbolic Economies: Fiction and Finance (Victorian Novel graduate seminar)
The Critique of Everyday life (theory and literature seminar for English majors, senior level, joint
with MA students)
Production and Reproduction in the Victorian Novel (literature seminar for English majors, senior
level, joint with MA students)
Victoria & Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (theory and literature seminar
for English majors, senior level, joint with MA students)
Victorian Structures: Structuralism and the World of the Novel (literature seminar for English
majors, senior level, joint with MA students)
The Novel and Social Space (seminar for English majors, junior level)
Sex and the City (urbanization and literature seminar for English majors, junior level)
How To Do Things With Words (lecture introduction to theory and criticism for English majors,
sophomore level)
Materialisms: British Literature 1660-1990 (lecture survey for English majors, sophomore level)
City Lit (multicentury novel survey /introduction to college literary study / intro to life in Chicago
for honors freshmen)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Editorial Board, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, 2016 to present

Founder and Chair, InterCcECT (Inter Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory), 2010 to present (please visit website for lectures, reading groups, mini-seminars organized)

Founder and Co-Facilitator, V21 Collective (Victorian studies for the 21st century), 2015 to present
(please visit website for manifesto, syllabus bank, conference streams, reading groups, publications organized)

President, American Comparative Literature Association Prize Committee

Committee Chair, MLA Executive Committee Division on Psychological Approaches to Literature, 2014-2015

Member, MLA Executive Committee Division on Psychological Approaches to Literature, 2011-2016

Manuscript Reviewer: Stanford University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Fordham University Press, SUNY Press, Theory & Event, Cultural Critique, Genre, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, Mediations, Modern Language Quarterly