Imre Szeman


Key Contributions

1. Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. 240 pgs.
Zones Introduction [1.53MB] , Zones Chapter 1 [3.26MB] , Zones Chapter 2 [3.75MB] , Zones Chapter 3 [2.70MB] , Zones Chapter 4 [3.48MB] , Zones Conclusion [700.18KB]

2. After Globalization (with Eric Cazdyn). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 (paperback 2012). 256 pgs. [771.65KB]

3. “System Failure: Oil, Futurity and the Anticipation of Disaster.” South Atlantic Quarterly 106.4 (2007): 805-823. System Failure [112.72KB]

Chinese translation: Theory, Method and Practice. Henan University Press, 2012: 111-130.

4. “Crude Aesthetics: The Politics of Oil Documentaries.” Journal of American Studies 46.2 (2012): 423-439. Crude Aesthetics [122.02KB]

Reprinted in Oil Culture. Ed. Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Reprinted in Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Documentary Cinema. Ed. Alex Juhasz and Alisa Lebow, 2015. 28-42.

5. “How to Know About Oil: Energy Epistemologies and Political Futures.” Journal of Canadian Studies 47.3 (2013): 145-168. [173.46KB]

6. “The Political Nature of Things: David Suzuki and Narratives of Change.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 226-249. Suzuki and Politics [265.36KB]

7. “On Energopolitics.” Anthropological Quarterly 87.2 (2014): 457-468. Energopolitics [460.00KB]

8. Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy, ed. (with Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger). New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2015.

Includes: Imre Szeman. “Fracking.” [48.50KB]

9. “Who’s Afraid of National Allegory? Jameson, Literary Criticism, Globalization.” South Atlantic Quarterly 100.3 (2001): 801-825. National Allegory [139.73KB]

Reprinted in On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. Ed. Ian Buchanan and Caren Irr. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005. 189-212.

10. Contemporary Marxist Theory: A Reader, ed. (with Andrew Pendakis, Jeff Diamanti, Nicholas Brown, and Josh Robinson). New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 620 pgs.

Includes: Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman. “Introduction: Marxisms Lost and Found”. 1-17. Introduction [180.29KB]

Nicholas Brown and Imre Szeman, “25 Theses on Philosophy in the Age of Finance Capital”. 321-336. (Also in A Leftist Ontology. Ed. Carsten Strathausen. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 33-55; also in Critica Cultural Materialista. Ed. Maria Elisa Cevasco and Marcos Soares. Sao Paulo: Humanitas, 2008. 61-90) Theses on Philosophy [228.53KB]

Imre Szeman, “Marxist Literary Criticism, Then and Now”. 379-388 (Also in Mediations 24.2 (2009): 36-47; also in Literary Materialisms. Ed. Mathias Nilges and Emilio Sauri. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 49-62.) Marxist Literary Theory [124.13KB]

Chinese translation: in progress.

11. “The Rhetoric of Culture: Some Notes on Magazines, Canadian Culture and Globalization.” Journal of Canadian Studies 35.3 (2000): 212-230. Rhetoric of Culture [1.04MB]

Reprinted in J.M. Bumsted and Lent Kuffert, ed. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Post-Confederation Reader. Third Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004. 555-566.

Reprinted in Eugenia Sojka, ed. Constructing Canadianness: Myth of the Nation and its Discontents. Katowice: Slask, 2007. 205-222.

Reprinted in Michael Ryan, ed., Cultural Studies: An Anthology. Cambridge: Blackwell, 2008. 82.98

12. “Culture and Globalization, or, The Humanities in Ruins.” CR: The New Centennial Review 3.2 (2003): 91-115. Humanities in Ruins [149.48KB]

Reprinted in Paul James and Imre Szeman, ed. Global-Local Consumption. London: Sage, 2010.

Reprinted in Manfred Steger, ed. Globalization and Culture. Volume 1. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2012.

13. Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader, ed. (with Sourayan Mookerjea and Gail Faurschou). Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. 609 pgs.

Includes: Sourayan Mookerjea, Imre Szeman and Gail Faurschou, “Introduction: Between Empires: On Cultural Studies in Canada”. 1-33. Canadian Cultural Studies [1.16MB]

Chinese translation: in progress.

14. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, ed. (with Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth). Second edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 1008 double-columned pgs. Accessible here (username: mcarroll; password: testing) and Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide, ed (with Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory [3.66MB]

Includes: Imre Szeman, “Globalization.” Hopkins Guide: 458-465; Contemporary: 245-251.

Chinese translation: Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth and Imre Szeman, eds., The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2011. 1542 pages.

15. Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (with Susie O’Brien). 3rd revised edition. Toronto: Nelson, 2013. 413 pgs.
PC 3 Front Matter [747.17KB] , PC 3 Chapter 1 [3.74MB]

4th revised, international edition to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015.
Chapter 10 [4.77MB]

Chinese translation: in progress.