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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

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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 books over the last decade constitute a kind of trilogy on 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). 

My latest manuscript (forthcoming in 2018) extends those analyses onto the turf of popular culture -- it's called I'm Not Like Everybody Else:  Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and American Popular Music.