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Jeffrey T. Nealon

Jeffrey T. Nealon

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Philosophy

319 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-3944

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021: Over Zoom on your device of choice. Email for an appointment.

Professional Bio

I have published widely on contemporary literary and cultural theory, in journals including Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, SAQ, and Postmodern Culture. I am author of _Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction_ (Cornell, 1993), _Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity_ (Duke, 1998), and _The Theory Toolbox_ (with Susan Searls Giroux, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, Second Edition 2011), as well as co-editor of _Rethinking the Frankfurt School_ (with Caren Irr, SUNY, 2002).

My recent books are probably best described as investigations of Foucaultian biopower and its discontents in the neoliberal present: _Foucault Beyond Foucault_ (Stanford, 2008), _Post-Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Just-in-Time Capitalism_ (Stanford, 2012) and _Plant Theory: Biopower and Vegetable Life_ (Stanford, 2016). _I'm Not Like Everybody Else: Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and American Popular Music_ (published in November 2018 by the University of Nebraska Press) extends those analyses onto the turf of popular music.

My latest manuscript, _Fates of the Performative: From the Linguistic Turn to the New Materialism_, is forthcoming in 2021 from University of Minnesota Press.