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James Holstun

Professor James Holstun

Office: 319 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0672
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Neocolonialism and world literature, global communism and radicalism, feminism and Marxism

Current Courses

Spring 2015

Eng 352A - Modern and Contemporary Fiction

MWF             1:00 - 1:50
Reg. No. 23978

Eng 369 - Lit Theory: Marxism

MWF                10:00 - 10:50
Reg. No. 23137

Fall 2014

Eng 383A - Studies in World Literature:  Arab Lit
T Th  12:30 - 1:50
Reg. No. 22469

Works in Progress

  • A study of global literary realism and revolutionary socialism.

Selected Publications

  • Author of A Rational Millennium: Puritan Utopias of Seventeenth-Century England and America (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Editor of Pamphlet Wars: Prose in the English Revolu­tion (London: Frank Cass, 1992)
  • Author of Ehud’s Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution (Verso Press, 2000). 
  • “Utopia Pre-Empted:  Kett’s Rebellion, Commoning and the Hysterical Sublime.” Historical Materialism (2008).
  • “The Giant’s Faction: Spenser, Heywood, and the Mid-Tudor Crisis.” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007).
  • “The Spider, the Fly, and the Commonwealth: John Heywood and Agrarian Class Struggle.” ELH (2004).
  • “Pham Thai, Michael Sprinker, and John Holstun: Chemical Herbicide and the Indirect Costs of Production.” Minnesota Review (2003).
  • “Was Marx a Nineteenth-Century Winstanleyan? Communism, George Hill, and the Mir.” Prose Studies (1999).
  • “‘Will you rent our ancient love asunder?’: Lesbian Elegy in Donne, Marvell, and Milton.” ELH (1988).