Prof. Carl Freedman

Department of English

Louisiana State University, USA

James F. Cassidy Professor



1983 Ph.D., Yale University, English

1975 B.A., Oxford University, English

1973 B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English

Publications (Selected)

  1. “Character and Capital in the Wall Street Films of Oliver Stone,” forthcoming from the Southern Illinois University Press in The Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie On Screen, ed. Daniel Lindvall and Saër Maty Bâ.
  2. “American Civilization and Its Discontents: The Persistence of Evil in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt,” in The Cambridge Companion to Alfred Hitchcock, ed. Jonathan Freedman (New York:  Cambridge University Press,2015), pp. 92-105.
  3. “Capitalist Realism in Three Recent Science-Fiction Films,” Paradoxa, #26 (December 2014), pp. 67-80.
  4. “From Genre to Political Economy:  Miéville’s The City & The City and Uneven Development,” CR:  The New Centennial Review, Vol. 13, # 2 (fall 2013), pp. 13-30.
  5. “Notes on Benjamin, Adorno, Mann, and the Cinema of Michael Haneke,” Film International, #57 (2012:3), pp. 16-35.
  6. “Hobbes after Marx, Scorsese After Coppola: OnGoodFellas,” Film International, #49 (2011:1), pp. 42-62.
  7. “The Supplement of Coppola: Primitive Accumulation and theGodfather Trilogy,” Film International, #49 (2011:1), pp. 8-41. [This item and the preceding one form a special section, “Gangsterism and Capitalism,” which also includes a brief introduction by me and which constitutes most of the issue.
  8. “Marxism, Cinema, and Some Dialectics of Science Fiction and Film Noir,” in Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction, ed. Mark Bould and China Miéville (London:  Pluto Press, 2009), pp. 66-82.
  9. “The End of Work: From Double Indemnity to Body Heat,” in Neo-Noir, ed. Mark Bould, Kathrina Glitre, and Greg Tuck (London & New York: Wallflower Press, 2009), pp. 61-74.
  10. “Marxism and Science Fiction,” in Reading Science Fiction, ed. James Gunn, Marleen S. Barr, and Matthew Candelaria (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 120-132.
  11. “Post-Heterosexuality: John Wayne and the Construction of American Masculinity,” Film International, #25 (2007:1), pp. 16-31.
  12. “Speculative Fiction and International Law: The Marxism of China Miéville,” Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 20, No. 3 (November 2006), pp. 25-39.
  13. “About Delany Writing: An Anatomical Meditation,” Extrapolation, Summer 2006, pp. 16-29.
  14. “An American Tragedy: On Oliver Stone’s Nixon,” Film International, #19 (2006:1), pp. 14-23.
  15. “To the Perdido Street Station: The Representation of Revolution in China Miéville’s Iron Council,” Extrapolation, Summer 2005, pp. 235-248. Reprinted in New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction, ed. Donald M. Hassler and Clyde Wilcox (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008), pp. 259-271.
  16. “Versions of the American Imperium in Three Westerns by John Ford,” Film International, #18 (2005:6), pp. 14-25.
  17. “Samuel Delany: A Biographical and Critical Overview,” in A Companion to Science Fiction, ed. David Seed (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 398-407.
  18. “Foreword” to re-issue of Samuel Delany,Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand(Middle town: Wesleyan University Press, 2004) pp. xi-xiv.
  19. “Polemical Afterword: Some Brief Reflections on Arnold Schwarzenegger and on Science Fiction in Contemporary American Culture,” PMLA, May 2004, pp. 539-546.
  20. “Towards a Marxist Urban Sublime: Reading China Miéville’s King Rat,” Extrapolation, Winter 2003, pp. 395-408.
  21. “Memories of Holden Caulfield—And of Miss Greenwood,” The Southern Review, Spring 2003, pp. 401-417. Reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed.,Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations: J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye—New Edition(New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009), pp. 167-182.
  22. “A Note on Marxism and Fantasy,” Historical Materialism,vol. 10:4 (2002), pp. 261-271.
  23. “London as Science Fiction: A Note on Some Images from Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Orwell,” Extrapolation,Fall 2002, pp. 251- 262.
  24. “Science Fiction and the Two Cultures: Reflections After the Snow-Leavis Controversy,” Extrapolation, Fall 2001, pp. 207-217. Reprinted in Science Fiction and the Two Cultures: Essays on Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and the Humanities, ed. Gary Westfahl and George Slusser (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009), pp. 11-21.
  25. “Science Fiction and Utopia: A Historico-Philosophical Overview,” in Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia, ed. Patrick Parrinder (Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2000; and Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001), pp. 72-97.
  26. “Kubrick’s 2001 and the Possibility of a Science-Fiction Cinema,” Science- Fiction Studies, July 1998, pp. 300-318 [winner of the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the Science Fiction Research Association][reprinted in Linda Pavlovski, ed.,Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism 112 (Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Group, 2002), pp. 251-261] [reprinted, in Russian translation, inTheory of Science-Fiction Film, ed. Natalia Samutina, (Moscow: New Literary Observer Publishing House, 2006), pp. 345-366].
  27. “Remembering the Future: Science and Positivism from Isaac Asimov to Gregory Benford,” Extrapolation, Summer 1998, pp. 128-138.
  28. “The Case Against the Case Against Space--And a Case for Science Fiction,” Science-Fiction Studies, March 1998, pp. 143-152.
  29. “Rhetorical Hermeneutics,Huckleberry Finn, and Some Problems with Pragmatism,” in Reconceptualizing American Literary/Cultural Studies, ed. William E. Cain, (New York: Garland, 1996), pp. 111-121.
  30. “Science Fiction and the Question of the Canon,” in Science Fiction and Market Realities, ed. Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, and Eric Rabkin, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996), pp. 117-127.
  31. “How to Do Things with Milton: A Study in the Politics of Literary Criticism,” in Critical Essays on John Milton, ed. Christopher Kendrick (New York: G.K. Hall, 1995), pp. 19-44.
  32. “Theory, the Canon and the Politics of Curricular Reform: A Response to Gerald Graff,” in Teaching the Conflicts: Gerald Graff, Curricular Reform, and the Culture Wars, ed. William E. Cain (New York: Garland, 1994), pp. 53-66.
  33. “Beyond the Dialect of the Tribe: James Joyce, Hugh Mac Diarmid, and World Language,” in Hugh Mac Diarmid: Man and Poet, ed. Nancy K. Gish (Edinburgh and Orono, Maine: Edinburgh University Press and the National Poetry Foundation, 1992), pp. 253-273.
  34. “Style, Fiction, Science Fiction: The Case of Philip K. Dick,” in Styles of Creation: Aesthetic Technique and the Creation of Fictional Worlds, ed. George Slusser and Eric Rabkin (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1992), pp. 30-43.
  35. “LouisianaDuce: Notes Toward a Systematic Analysis of Postmodern Fascism in America,” Rethinking Marxism, Spring 1992, pp. 19-31.
  36. “Forms of Labor in Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest,” PMLA, March 1991, pp. 209-221 [co-authored with Christopher Kendrick]. Reprinted in The Critical Response to Dashiell Hammett, ed. Christopher Metress (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1994), pp. 12-29.
  37. “England as Ideology: From Upstairs Downstairs to A Room with a View,” Cultural Critique, Winter 1990-91, pp. 79-106.
  38. “The Interventional Marxism of Louis Althusser,” Rethinking Marxism, Fall-Winter 1990, pp. 309-328.
  39. “Power, Sexuality, and Race inAll the King's Men,” in Southern Literature and Literary Theory, ed. Jefferson Humphries (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1990), pp. 127-141.
  40. “History, Fiction, Film, Television, Myth: The Ideology of MASH,” The Southern Review, Winter 1990, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 89-106.
  41. “The Transformation Problem and Cultural Theory,” in Comparative Literature East and West: Traditions and Trends, ed. Cornelia N. Moore and Raymond A. Moody (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989), pp. 22-28.
  42. “The Mandarin Marxism of Theodor Adorno,” Rethinking Marxism, Winter 1988, pp. 85-111 [co-authored with Neil Lazarus][see also “ Reply to Dan Kiamie and Rita DeSalvo,” Rethinking Marxism, Fall 1989, pp. 167-169].TH Inc., 1992), pp. 145-153.
  43. “Nietzsche and Ideology-Critique: A Note on Twilight of the Idols,” Rethinking Marxism, Summer 1988, pp. 103-114.
  44. “Science Fiction and Critical Theory,”Science-Fiction Studies, July 1987, pp. 180-200 [see also “Another Response to John Fekete,” Science-Fiction Studies, March 1989, pp. 116-117].
  45. “Marxist Theory, Radical Pedagogy, and the Reification of Thought,” College English, January 1987, pp. 70-82.
  46. “Antinomies of Nineteen Eighty-four,” Modern Fiction Studies, Winter 1984, pp. 601-620 [winner of the Margaret Church MFS Memorial Prize]. Reprinted in Bernard Oldsey and Joseph Browne, eds.,Critical Essays on George Orwell(Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986), pp. 90-109.
  47. “Possibilities of a Political Aesthetic: The Case of Hugh Mac Diarmid,” The Minnesota Review, Fall 1984, pp. 41-57.
  48. “Overdeterminations: On Black Marxism in Britain,” Social Text, Winter 1983/84, pp. 142-150.
  49. “Towards a Theory of Paranoia: The Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick,” Science-Fiction Studies, March 1984, pp. 15-24. Reprinted in On Philip K. Dick, ed. R.D. Mullen, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Arthur B. Evans, and Veronica Hollinger (Terre Haute & Greencastle: SF-TH Inc., 1992), pp. 111-118. Also reprinted in Philip K. Dick: Contemporary Critical Interpretations, ed. Samuel J. Umland (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995), pp. 7-17.
  50. “Writing, Ideology, and Politics: Orwell's ‘Politics and the English Language’and English Composition,” College English, April 1981, pp. 327-340 [see also “Carl Freedman Responds,” College English, April 1983, pp. 412-414].