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Dr Jane Elliott

Senior Lecturer in Late 20th and 21st Century Literary and Cultural Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7185
Email jane.k.elliott@kcl.ac.uk
Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.27 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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Biography

Dr Jane Elliott came to King's in 2011 from the English Department at the University of York, where for six years she was lecturer in Contemporary Literature. She earned her BA in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MA and PhD at Rutgers University. Before taking up her post at York, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center at Brown University. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Jane Elliott's research focuses on three main areas: contemporary literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between vernacular forms and political theory; cultural theory; and post-1960 American Left political culture and aesthetics, including second-wave feminism and the New Left. Her current research centres on what she calls 'the microeconomic mode', a dominant 21st-century cultural formation that combines aesthetic strategies of abstraction with narratives focused on extreme circumstance and threats to survival.

Her monograph The Microeconomic Mode: Reimagining Political Subjectivity in the 21st Century is forthcoming from Columbia University Press, and she has published essays on this topic in Social Text (2013), Novel (forthcoming), and the edited collections Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture (Johns Hopkins UP, forthcoming) and Old and New Media after Katrina (2011). Dr Elliott's previous publications include 'Genres of Neoliberalism', a special issue of Social Text co-edited with Gillian Harkins (2013); the essay collection Theory after 'Theory', co-edited with Derek Attridge (Routledge 2011); and Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory: Representing National Time (Palgrave 2008).

She welcomes PhD applications in any of these research areas.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
  • The Microeconomic Mode: Reimagining Political Subjectivity in the 21st Century is forthcoming from Columbia University Press, Spring 2018.
  • The Microeconomic Mode: Survival Games, Life-Interest and the Re-imagination of Sovereignty, forthcoming from Novel.
  • Genres of Neoliberalism. Special issue of Social Text. Co-edited with Gillian Harkins. Summer 2013.
  • ‘Suffering Agency: Imagining Neoliberal Personhood in North American and Britain’. Social Text, Summer 2013.
  • Theory after ‘Theory’. First editor. Co-edited with Derek Attridge. Routledge, March 2011.
  • Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory: Representing National Time, Palgrave 2008.

For a complete list of publications, please see Jane's full research profile.

Teaching

Dr Elliott teaches contemporary literature, culture and theory at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

 

 
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