Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

An interview on the book is available at ‘Theory to No End,‘ a Podcast by Camelia Raghinaru

A February 5, 2021 international roundtable discussion of the book is also now available online.

Reviews by Gerry Canavan at Ancillary Review of Books (2021) and Brent Bellamy at Mediations (2022).


Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, July, 2014.

Reviews have appeared in Sydney Review of Books (March, 2015); Marx & Philosophy Review of Books (2015); Journal of American Studies, 50.2 (2016); Reviews in Cultural Theory 6.2 (2016); Science & Society (2019)

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Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia. Oxford: Ralahine Utopian Studies at Peter Lang, September, 2014.

Reviews have appeared in Science Fiction Studies 42, no. 3; SFRA Review 319; Extrapolation; Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung 11; Discourse 39.3; ALH Online Review, Series XIII; Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.



Life Between Two Deaths, 1989-2001: U.S. Culture in the Long Nineties. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Reviews have appeared in PopMatters; Reviews in Cultural Theory 1, no. 2; Utopian Studies 21, no. 2; Postmodern Culture 20, no. 1; American Literature 82, no. 4.; American Literary History


Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Reviews have appeared in Science Fiction Studies 89; Utopian Studies 13, no. 2; Politics and Culture: An International Review of Books, 2002, no. 3; American Literature 76, no. 1; Comparative Literature 57, no. 2.Political Theory, Vol. 36, No. 2.


The Shape of Utopia, by Robert C. Elliott. With Introduction. Ralahine Utopian Studies Classics. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.

“Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters,” by Darko Suvin. With Foreword. Paradoxa 23 (2011).

Special Issue: “Animé and Utopia.” With Introduction. ImageTexT 5, no. 2 (2010).


“Jameson on Aesthetic Education.” PMLA 137, no.3 (2022): 548-553.

“Caesar’s Tear; or, Paedagogia Interruptus: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Neoliberal University.” Continental Thought & Theory 3, no 4 (2022).

“Allegories of an Embattled Public: The Red Thread of the Modern Swedish Crime Novel.” Modern Fiction Studies 68, no. 1 (2022): 141-172.

“Utopia and Space.” Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literature. Ed. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor. Palgrave: 2022. 461-472.

“Futures in Plastic: Science Fiction, Climate Change, and the New North.” Life in Plastic: Artistic Responses to Petromodernity, ed. Caren Irr. University of Minnesota Press: 2021. 239-258.

“How to Fix this Intolerable Present with the Naked Eye; or, Periodizing the Contemporary.” Mosaic 53, no. 3 (2021): 1-22.

“A River Runs Back to its Beginning; Or, Wake Again Finn.” James Joyce Literary Supplement 35, no. 1 (2021): 8-9.

“Demarcating dystopia.” mediAzioni. 30 (2021).

“When It Changed: Science Fiction and the Literary Field, circa 1984.” William Gibson and the Futures of Culture, eds. Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges. University of Iowa Press, 2021. 21-47.

“Afterword: For Those Who Come Before.” Becoming Utopian: The Culture and Politics of Radical Transformation, by Tom Moylan. Bloomsbury: 2020. 228-35.

“We, the People of Blade Runner 2049.” Science Fiction Film and Television 13, no. 1 (2020): 135-142.

“Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Suvinian?: Beyond the Moralizing Temptation; or, How Not to Read.” Utopian Studies 30, no. 2 (2020): 300-344.

“Science Fiction and Postmodernism (1980s-1990s).” The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, eds. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link. Cambridge, 2019. 502-518.

“Ideology.” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Production (and Reproduction).” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Semiotic Square.” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Bloomsbury, 2018.

“The Event of 1907; or, James Joyce, Artist.” Modernist Cultures13, no. 2 (2018): 141-164.

“On Althusser’s Not Un-usefulness (Notes toward an Investigation).” Mediations 30, no. 2 (2017).

“Relics from a Deleted Timeline: The Economics of Terminator Genisys.” Science Fiction Film and Television 10, no. 1 (2017): 115-124.

“‘The Great Sea Voyage which Marriage Can Be’: Repetition, Love, and Concrete Utopia in 50 First Dates.” Minnesota Review 86 (2016): 81-100

“Introduction: Marxism and Utopia…Again.” Minnesota Review 86 (2016): 57-60.

“Romantic and dialectical utopianism in Cloud Atlas.” Science Fiction Film and Television 9, no. 1 (2016): 114-18.

“The Possibilities of the Novel: A Look Back on the James-Wells Debate.” The Henry James Review 36, no. 3 (2015): 267-79.

“Utopia and Dystopia.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

“Space and Place in Critical Reading.” Criticism at the 21st Century, 2nd edition, ed. Julian Wolfreys. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 233-258.

“Utopianism.” In The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. Ed. Rob Latham. Oxford University Press, 2014. 573-583.

“Musings from a Veteran of the Culture Wars; or, Hope Today.” Demand The Impossible, by Tom Moylan. New revised and expanded edition. Ralahine Utopian Studies Classics. Peter Lang, 2014. 275-282.

“Things as They Were or Are: On Russell Banks’s Global Realisms.” Reading Capitalist Realism. Eds. Alison Shonkwiler and Leigh Claire La Berge. University of Iowa Press, 2014. 89-112.

“The British Dystopian Novel from Wells to Ishiguro.” A Companion to British Literature, Volume 4: Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature, 1837-2000. Eds. Bob DeMaria, Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zache. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 454-470.

“Detonating New Shockwaves of Possibility: Alternate Histories and the Geopolitical Aesthetics of Ken MacLeod and Iain M. Banks.” “The British SF Boom.” Ed. Hugh C. O’Connell. CR: The New Centennial Review 13, no. 2 (2013): 31-66.

“The Ends of Culture; or, Late Modernism, Redux.” Literary Materialisms. Eds. Mathias Nilges and Emilio Sauri. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 241-257.

Introduction for new edition of The Shape of Utopia, by Robert C. Elliott. Ralahine Utopian Studies Classics at Peter Lang, 2013.

“Hegel or Spinoza (or Hegel); Spinoza and Marx.” Mediations 25, no. 2 (2012).

“Science fiction.” Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945. Ed. John Duvall. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 56-67.

“Lacan avec Greimas: Formalization, Theory, and the ‘Other Side’ of the Study of Culture.” Minnesota Review 77 (2011): 62-86.

Foreword: Crossing the Border with Darko Suvin.” In “Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters,” by Darko Suvin. Paradoxa 23 (2011): 9-19.

““The Mysterious Qualities of This Alleged Void”: Transvaluation and Utopian Urbanism in Rem Koolhaas’s S,M,L,XL.” Imagining and Making the World: Reflections on Architecture and Utopia. Ed. Nathaniel Coleman. Peter Lang, 2011. 283-98.

“Marxist Theory.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Logan. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 504-08.

“Ideology.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Logan. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 413-17.

“Science Fiction, Fantasy.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Logan. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 727-30.

“Alan Moore, ‘Secondary Literacy,’ and the Modernism of the Graphic Novel.” ImageTexT 5, no. 3 (2010).

“The Beat Cops of History; or, the Paranoid Style in American Intellectual Politics.” Arizona Quarterly, 66, no. 2 (2010): 149-67.

“Emerging from the Flood in Which We Are Sinking; or, Reading with Darko Suvin (Again).” Preface to Defined by a Hollow: Essays on Utopia, Science Fiction, and Political Epistemology, by Darko Suvin. Peter Lang, 2010.. xv-xxxiii.

“‘An Unfinished Project that was Also a Missed Opportunity’: Utopia and Alternate History in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.” Special issue: “Animé and Utopia.” ImageTexT 5, no. 2 (2010).

“Editor’s Introduction: Anime’s Coming Communities.” Special issue: “Animé and Utopia.” ImageTexT 5, no. 2 (2010).

“Greimas avec Lacan; or, From the Symbolic to the Real in Dialectical Criticism.” Criticism 51, no. 2 (2009): 211-45.

“Darko Suvin.” Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction. Eds. Mark Bould et al. Routledge, 2009. 220-225.

“Ken MacLeod’s Permanent Revolution: Utopian Possible Worlds, History, and the Augenblick in the ‘Fall Revolution’.” Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction. Eds. Mark Bould and China Miéville. Pluto Press/Wesleyan UP, 2009. 137-155.

“ ‘The Dead are Our Redeemers’: Culture, Belief, and United 93.” American Multiculturalism After 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives. Eds. Derek Rubin and Jaap Verheul. Amsterdam University Press, 2009. 81-92.

“Learning to Live in History: Alternate Historicities and the 1990s in The Years of Rice and Salt.” Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable: Critical Essays. Ed. William J. Burling. MacFarland, 2009. 98-112.

“Jameson’s Modernisms; or, the Desire Called Utopia.” Diacritics 37, no. 4 (Winter, 2007): 3-20.

“Here or Nowhere: Utopia, Modernity, and Totality.” Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming, eds. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini. Peter Lang, 2007. 113-129.

“Recognizing the Patterns.” New Literary History 38, no. 1 (2007): 183-200.

“The Pretty Woman Goes Global: Or, Learning to Love ‘Americanization’ in Notting Hill.” In “Circulations: ‘America’ and Globalization.” ed., Patricia Ventura. Genre,38, no. 3 (2006): 309-326.

“Periodizing Jameson.” On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization,  eds. Caren Irr and Ian Buchanan.  SUNY Press, 2006. 241-280.

“Más allá de las clausuras de la guerra fría: repeticiones y revisiones en el ciclo Terminator.” (“Beyond the Cold War’s Closures: Repetitions and Revisions in the TerminatorCycle.”)   LiberArte: La Revista Virtual del Colegio de Artes Liberales, Universidad San Francisco de Quito 1, no. 1 (2005).

“Postmodernism.” The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, ed. John Protevi. Edinburgh University Press, 2005. 458-462. 

“Utopian Fiction.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, ed. M. Keith Booker. Greenwood Press, 2005. 729-733.

 “Science Fiction.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, ed. M. Keith Booker. Greenwood Press, 2005. 635-640.

“Utopia.”  A Companion to Science Fiction, ed. David Seed. Blackwell, 2005. 79-94.

“October 3, 1951 to September 11, 2001: Periodizing the Cold War in DeLillo’s Underworld. ”In “Neorealism: Between Innovation and Continuation,” eds. Thomas Claviez and Maria Moss. Amerikastudien/American Studies49, no. 1 (2004): 51-63.

“Where the Prospective Horizon is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog.” Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination, eds. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini.  London: Routledge, 2003. 167-185.

“Soldierboys for Peace: Cognitive Mapping, Space, and Science Fiction as World Bank Literature.” World Bank Literature, ed. Amitava Kumar.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 280-296.

“Spatial Criticism:  Critical Geography, Space, Place, and Textuality.” Introducing Criticism at the Twenty-First Century, ed. Julian Wolfreys. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002. 179-201.

“‘A Nightmare on the Brain of the Living’: Messianic Historicity, Alienations, and Independence Day.”  Rethinking Marxism 12. no 1 (2000): 65-86.

“The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson’s Fire on the Mountainand Gibson and Sterling’s The Difference Engine.” The Comparatist 23 (1999): 141-151.

“Horizons, Figures, and Machines: The Dialectic of Utopia in the Work of Fredric Jameson.”  Utopian Studies 9, no. 2 (1998): 58-73. Battisti Award winner for best essay.

“‘Life as He Would Have It:’ The Invention of India in Kipling’s Kim.” Cultural Critique 26 (1994): 129-159.

“On Zamyatin’s We: A Critical Map of Utopia’s ‘Possible Worlds’.” Utopian Studies 4, no. 2 (1993): 94-116.  Battisti Award winner for best essay.


“Escaping the Repetition of Catastrophe: On Abensour’s Utopianism.” A Review of Utopia From Thomas More to Walter Benjamin, by Miguel Abensour. Cultural Critique 111 (2021).

Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions, by Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor. Utopian Studies 27, no. 1 (2016).

The Practice of Value: Essays on Literature in Cultural Studies,by John Frow.  Symploke. 23, Nos. 1-2 (2016). 

Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities,by Howard P. Segal. The Historian (2015).

Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction, by Lisa Yaszek. Configurations19, no. 1 148-52. (2001).

“More than a Minimum Agenda: Bret Benjamin’s Invested Interests: Capital, Culture, and the World Bank.” Politics and Culture (2008).

The Jameson Reader, by Fredric Jameson. Edited by Michael Hardt and Kathi Weeks.  Utopian Studies 12, no. 2 (2001).

Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism,by Eva Illouz.  Utopian Studies10, no. 2 (1999).

Advertising and Commodity Culture in Joyce, by Garry Leonard.  James Joyce Literary Supplement13, no. 2 (Fall, 1999).

Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster, by Mike Davis. Earthmatters43 (Summer, 1998).


“WALL-E’s World.” Satellite 7, no. 11 (December, 2008).

“Demandez l’Impossible: Godard, May ’68, and intellectuals.” Satellite 7, no. 9 (September, 2008).

“The Terminator and the New World Order.” The Missing Link 9, no 3 (1991): 14-16.

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