Alex Woloch (Department of English)

Alex Woloch

Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities
Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature
Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven CT, Comparative Literature (1998)
Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven CT, Comparative Literature (1998)
B.A., Columbia College, New York, Comparative Literature (1992)

Alex Woloch received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He teaches and writes about literary criticism, narrative theory, the history of the novel, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. He is the author of The One vs. The Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel (Princeton UP, 2003), which attempts to reestablish the centrality of characterization — the fictional representation of human beings — within narrative poetics. He is also the author of Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism (Harvard UP, 2016), which takes up the literature-and-politics question through a close reading of George Orwell’s generically experimental non-fiction prose. A new book in progress, provisionally entitled Partial Representation, will consider the complicated relationship between realism and form in a variety of media, genres and texts. This book will focus on the paradoxical ways in which form is at once necessary, and inimical, to representation. Woloch is also the co-editor, with Peter Brooks of Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (Yale UP, 2000).



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Research Interests

  • British Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary Criticism (history of criticism, theory of literature)