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PhD Brown University, 1999
M.A. Brown University 1992
BA New York University, 1989
His current research focuses on contemporary mass media, including novels. He is currently at work on a book manuscript with the provisional title "Mega: How Mass Media Make Contemporary Cities."
With Mark Cooper, he is writing a book-length reappraisal of twentieth-century academia tentatively entitled "To Empower and Connect: The Long Twentieth Century of US Higher Education." Follow the link to a post on "The 1960s Origins of the Academic Labor Crisis" from our work-in-progress blog.
He is an Associate Editor for the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction.
ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9571-2312
Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Literary fiction is a powerful cultural tool for criticizing governments and for imagining how better governance and better states would work. Combining political theory with strong readings of a vast range of novels, John Marx shows that fiction over the long twentieth century has often envisioned good government not in Utopian but in pragmatic terms. Early-twentieth-century novels by Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster and Rabindrananth Tagore helped forecast world government after European imperialism. Twenty-first-century novelists such as Monica Ali, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michael Ondaatje and Amitav Ghosh have inherited that legacy and continue to criticize existing policies in order to formulate best practices on a global scale. Marx shows how literature can make an important contribution to political and social sciences by creating a space to imagine and experiment with social organization.
- The Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2009.
- "Crisis, Crisis, Crisis: Big Media and the Humanities Workforce." With Mark Garrett Cooper. differences 24.3 (2014): 127-59.
- "The Historical Novel After Lukács." George Lukács: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence. Ed. Timothy Bewes and Timothy Hall. London: Continuum, 2011.
- "Failed-State Fiction." Contemporary Literature 49.4 (2008).
- "The Feminization of Globalization.” Cultural Critique 63 (2006).
- "Postcolonial Literature and the Western Literary Canon.” The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
Education & Interests:
- Ph.D. (Brown); Contemporary Anglophone and modernist fiction