Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Jim Hansen

Associate Professor of English and Criticism and Interpretive Theory

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Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2001

Selected Publications


  • Terror and Irish Modernism: The Gothic Tradition from Burke to Beckett. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.

Journal Articles

  • "The Applause Falters: Theatricality, the Political, and Silence in Beckett’s Catastrophe." Contemporary Literature Winter (2008):
  • "The Wrong Marriage: Maturin and the Double-Logic of Masculinity." Studies in Romanticism (2008):
  • "Formalism and its Malcontents: Benjamin and de Man on the Function of Allegory." New Literary History 35.4 (2004): 663-84.
  • "The Uncreating Conscience: Memory and Apparitions in Joyce and Benjamin." Mosaic 34.4 (2001): 85-106.

Works in Progress

  • Formalism and the End of Politics (Book Project)