Marta Figlerowicz

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Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and of English

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2013
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2011
B.A. Harvard University, 2009

My research articulates a counter-tradition to aesthetic individualism that has been present in Western art and literature at least since the seventeenth century, and which takes on particularly striking resonances in our contemporary digitally-mediated environments. My first book, Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character (Oxford UP, 2016), discusses an odd group of characters found across the long history of the French and British novel whose construction simplifies in the course of a narrative, instead of deepening or expanding. My second book, entitled Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature (Cornell UP, 2017) studies representations of intersubjective affective awareness in American, British, and French fiction and poetry. I am currently developing a new academic project on the non-individualist phenomenology of contemporary digital media, called Myths of Obscurity: The Self in the Age of Integrated Media, and a popular audience book on global histories of selfhood. I also write literary and cultural criticism for publications such as The Washington Post, n+1CabinetJacobinThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Yale ReviewLogic, and Boston Review.

At Yale, I have taught courses on philosophies of the self, modernism, literary and critical theory, and world cinema. I am a co-organizer of Utopia after Utopia, a research initiative on contemporary post-socialist critical theory and art practice, and co-PI for an upcoming Sawyer Seminar called “Ordering the Multitude: Encyclopedia, Atlas, Museum.” In the academic year 2018-2019, I will be a member of the Women Faculty Forum Council and a Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center. I am also an affiliate of the Yale Film and Media Program and a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, which I joined as a Junior Fellow in 2013.

Selected Publications

Special Issues

- The Object Emotions Dossiersymplokē 24.1 (2016): 155-275, co-edited with Padma Maitland and Christopher P. Miller [available here].

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

Essays and Articles

-  “Inanimism: Nymphomaniac, Under the Skin, and Capitalist Late Style,” Camera Obscura 33.3 (2018): 40-67.

- “The Novel of Infinite Storage,” Poetics Today 38.4 (2017), 201-219.

- “The Novel and Character,” The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, ed. Eric Bulson (New York, NY: Cambridge UP, 2016), 121-137. 

- “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]


Undergraduate: James Joyce and Marcel Proust, Introduction to Narrative, How to Compare, Internet Cultures, Feminist and Queer Theory, Selfhood, Race, Class, and Gender, Tragedy, World Cinema

Graduate: Keywords of Recent Critical Theory, Literary Theory