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Peter Hitchcock
Position: Professor, Baruch College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Baruch College
Phone: 212-817-8351
Room Number: 6107
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The City University of New York.
Research Interests: Literary theory, cultural theory, Marxism, Bakhtin, and working-class fiction; world literature; postcolonialism; film studies; associate director, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.
Specialization: Cultural Studies|Eco-criticism|Film and Literature|Literature after 1945|Modernism|Philosophy and Literature|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature


Biotheory: Life and Death Under Capitalism.  Edited and Introduced with Jeffery Di Leo.   New York: Routledge, 2020
The Debt Age.   Edited and Introduced with Jeffery Di Leo and Sophia McClennen.  New York: Routledge, 2018

Labor in Culture, or,  Worker of the World(s). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

The New Public Intellectual. Edited and Introduced with Jeffery Di Leo.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form.  Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2010
Imaginary States: Studies in Cultural Transnationalism.  Champaign/Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003
Oscillate Wildly: Space, Body, and Spirit of Millennial Materialism.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999
Dialogics of the Oppressed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Working-Class Fiction in Theory and Practice: A Reading of Alan Sillitoe. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989.
Journal (edited):

“Is there a Place for the Commons?”  Special Issue, Co-edited with an Introduction.  minnesota review 93 (2019)

“Bakhtin/’Bakhtin’: Studies in the Archive and Beyond.”  Edited with an Introduction. South Atlantic Quarterly Vol.97: No.3/4 (Summer/Fall 1998)
“Marx or Spinoza.” Special issue, Co-edited with an Introduction Mediations: The Journal of the Marxist Literary Group  25.2, Winter(2011).
Published (selected)

"'American Factory' and the Difficulties of Documenting Neoliberalism," Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images 1(1). doi: [].  2021.

"Exceptional Biometrics" in Valur Ingimundarson and Svenn M. Jóhannesson, eds., Liberal Disorder, States of Exception, and Populist Politics. London: Routledge, 2021

"'The Coiller's Small, Mean Head'" Symplokē 28: 1-2, 2020.

"Literature of the World, Unite!" in Jefferey Di Leo, ed., Philosophy as World Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

"Canons and Canonicity in Anglophone Literature" in Stefan Helgesson et al.  Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures.  Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020.

“Cyborg Affect and the Power of the Posthuman in the Ghost in the Shell Franchise” in Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker, eds., Noir Affect.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2020.

“Afterword: Carpelan Voicing” in Brian Kennedy, ed., Voicing Bo Carpelan.  Jyväsklyä: Nykykultuuri, 2020.

“Biometrics and Revolution” in Jeffery Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock, eds., Biotheory: Life and Death under Capitalism.  London: Routledge, 2020

“A World in ‘Small Hands’?  Globalization as Risk and Rights” in Alexandra S. Moore and Samantha Pinto, eds, Writing Beyond the State.  London:  Palgrave, 2020 

“Discipline” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, 2015–. doi: April, 2020

“Crisis Theory after Crisis” in Jeffrey Di Leo (Ed.) What’s Wrong with Anti-Theory? London: Bloomsbury, 2020

“Commonists Like Us” minnesota review, 93 (2019) 

“Capital Theory and the Real World” Symplokē 27: 1-2, 2019                              
“Novelization in Decolonization, or, Postcolonialism Reconsidered” in Simon Ferdinand, Irene Villaescusa-Illan, and Esther Peeren, eds. Other Globes: Past and Peripheral Imaginations of Globalization.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“History and Class Struggle” in Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, eds.  The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx.  London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

“Resistance is Futile: The Cultural Politics of Transformation in the Digital Age.” The Comparatist 42(2018).

"Kant at the Federal Reserve: On the Aesthetics of Quantitative Easing” in The Debt Age.  Jeffery Di Leo, Peter Hitchcock and Sophia McClennen (Eds.)  New York: Routledge, 2018.

“'Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink':  Accumulation and the Power over Hydro." in Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti, Eds., Materialism and the Critique of Energy. Chicago: CM’ Publishing, 2018.

“The Speed of Place and the Space of Time: Toward a Theory of Postcolonial Velo/city” in Jini Kim Watson and Gary Wilder, Eds., The Post-Colonial Contemporary. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018.
“Worlds of Americana” in Jeffrey di Leo, Ed.  American Literature as World Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Petrograd/Leningrad – Havana – Beijing 1917–1991; or, Marxist Theory and Socialist Practice” in Imre Szeman, Sarah Blacker, and Justin Sully, Eds., A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

“Counter-Fitting” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4:2 (April, 2017).

“Dams” in Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, eds., Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

“The Worker Subjects” Cultural Critique 96, (Spring), 2017
“The Leninist Hypothesis” Poetics Today 37:2 (June 2016)

“Novelization and Serialization: Or, Forms of Time Otherwise / Romancização ou serialização: ou diferentes formas de tempo” Bakhtiniana. Revista de Estudos do Discurso 11:1 (2016) (In English and Portuguese)
“Immediation” in Jeffrey Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock, eds., The New Public Intellectual, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016

“Velocity and Viscosity” in Hannah Chadeayne Appel and Arthur Mason, eds., Subterranean Estates, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015
“Immolation” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights, Sophia McClennen and Alexandra Moore, eds., New York: Routledge, 2015
“Culture and Anarchy in Thatcher’s London: Hanif Kureishi’s Sammy and Rosie Get Laid” in Susan Alice Fischer, ed., Hanif Kureishi: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
“Accumulating Fictions” Representations 126 (Spring 2014)
“How to Read a Discipline” Comparative Literature 66:1 (Winter 2014)
“(    ) of Ghosts” in The Spectralities Reader, Maria del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren, eds., London: Bloomsbury, 2013.  Edited and reprinted from Peter Hitchcock, Oscillate Wildly.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.
“The Space of Time: Chronotopes and Crisis” Primerjalna Knjizevnost (Ljubljana) 36:2, (2013)
“The Function of Agon at the Present Time” The Comparatist 37 (May 2013)
“Defining the World” in Literary Materialisms Mathias Nilges and Emilio Sauri, (eds.) New York: Palgrave, 2013.
“Revolutionary Violence: A Critique” Symplokē 20: 1-2, (2012)
“Everything’s Gone Green: The Environment of BP’s Narrative” Imaginations 3:2 (2012)
“The Ethics of World Literature” in The Routledge Companion to World Literature,Theo D’haen, David Damrosch and Djelal Kadir (eds.) New York: Routledge, 2012.
“Commonism”  Mediations 25: 1 (2011).
"Bakhtin, Mikhail." The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Peter Melville Logan, (ed). Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. <>
“Genre Theory.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Peter Melville Logan, (ed). Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. <>
“Oil in an American Imaginary” New Formations 69 (2010).
The World, The Literary, and the Political” in Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections, Petra Rethmann, Imre Szeman and William D. Coleman, editors. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.
“Uncanny Marxism; or, Do Androids Dream of  Electric Lenin” in Maria Del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren, eds., Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Popular Culture.  London: Continuum, 2010.
“Women, Men, and Exotopy: On the Politics of Scale In Nuruddin Farah’s Maps in Helen Nabasuta Mugambi and Tuzyline Jita Allan, eds. Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Contexts.  Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 2010.
“Chronotope of the Shoe (Two)” Edited and Reprinted from Hitchcock, Imaginary States (2003) In Ben Highmore, Ed. The Design Culture Reader London: Routledge, 2009.
“Taiwan Fever?  Tsai Ming-liang and the Everyday Postnation” in Gina Marchetti and T.S.K.Tan, eds., Chinese Connections.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
“The Failed State and the State of Failure” Mediations 23:2 (Fall, 2008).
“I Can’t See, Vertov” in Peggy Ahwesh and Keith Sanborn, eds. Vertov from A to Z New York: Ediciones Calavera, 2007.
“Postcolonial Failure and the Politics of Nation” South Atlantic Quarterly 106:4 (Fall, 2007)