Marta Figlerowicz

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Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and of English
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511 HQ 338
+1 (203) 432-2763


At Yale, I have taught or hope to teach courses on modernism, literary and critical theory, and contemporary cinema. I am also a co-organizer of Utopia after Utopia, a research initiative on contemporary post-socialist critical theory and art practice. My first book, Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character (Oxford UP, forthcoming fall 2016), discusses an odd group of characters–found across the long history of the French and British novel–that simplify in the course of a narrative, instead of deepening and expanding. My second book, entitled Spaces of Feeling (Cornell UP, forthcoming in 2017) studies representations of intersubjective affective awareness and unawareness in early- to mid-twentieth-century American, British, and French fiction and poetry. In addition to my academic work, I write literary and cultural criticism for publications such as n+1JacobinThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPost45 (Contemporaries)MAKE Literary Magazine, and Boston Review. I am a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, which I joined as a Junior Fellow in 2013.


B.A. Harvard University 2009
M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2011; 2013)

Research Interests

Twentieth- and twenty-first century American, British, and French literature; critical theory and art practice in post-socialist countries; eighteenth-century British and French literature; contemporary cinema; the novel; philosophy; theories of new media. 

Publication Highlights

Special Issues:

The Object Emotions Dossiersymplokē 24.1 (2016), co-edited with Padma Maitland and Christopher P. Miller, forthcoming.

The Affect Theory Dossier (ed.), Qui Parle 20.2 (2012): 1-182. [Project Muse]

Essays and Articles:

“The Novel and the Cloud,” Poetics Today 38.4 (2017), forthcoming.

“The Novel and Character,” The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, ed. Eric Bulson (New York, NY: Cambridge UP, 2016), forthcoming. 

“GeoGuessr’s Digital Pilgrimages,” Room One Thousand 3 (2015): 117-121. [eScholarship

“Novel,” Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly, 2 revised edition (New York, NY: Oxford UP, 2014).

“Comedy of Abandon: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia,” Film Quarterly 65.4 (2012): 21-26. [JSTOR]

“Bounding the Self: Ethics, Anxiety, and Personhood in Samuel Beckett’s Fiction,” Journal of Modern Literature 34.2 (2011): 76-96. [Project Muse]

“‘Frightful Spectacles of a Mangled King’: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and Narration Through Theater,” New Literary History 39.2 (2008): 321-334. [Project Muse]

Works in Progress

I am currently at work on a new project on the phenomenology of contemporary media culture, tentatively called Signs of Life.

Current Projects

World Aesthetics Reading Group:

Research Interests: 
Critical Theory and Philosophy
English and Anglophone Literature
Literary Theory
Romance Languages
Russian and Slavic Studies
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