Alex Woloch

Alex Woloch

Associate Professor
English

Bio

Alex Woloch works on literary theory and criticism, narrative theory, and the history and theory of the novel. His teaching is focused on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature and covers the broad development of the European and American novel. He is particularly interested in problems in formal analysis, the aesthetics of realism and representation, and the relationship between literary form and reference. He is the author of The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel (Princeton University Press, 2004) which attempts to reestablish the centrality of characterization — the fictional representation of human beings — within narrative poetics. He is also the co-editor, with Peter Brooks, of Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (Yale University Press, 2000). He is currently working on a study of George Orwell and the problem of engaged writing. Recent work includes: “A New Foreword” to Enemies of Promise by Cyril Connolly (reissued by University of Chicago Press, 2008);  “Character Insecurity in Austen’s Sense and Sensibility,” in Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century Novel, eds. Caroline Levine and Mario Ortiz-Robles (forthcoming); “Minor Characters,” in The Novel, ed. Franco Moretti (Princeton UP, 2006); “Break-Ups and Reunions: Late Realism in Early Sayles,” in Sayles Talk: Essays on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles, eds. Heidi Kenaga and Diane Carson (Wayne State UP, 2005).