Jim Holstun

Office: 319 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0672
E-mail address: jamesholstun@hotmail.com


Neocolonialism and world literature, class struggle and radicalism, Afro-American literature before 1900, feminism and Marxism

Works in Progress

  • A study of critical realism, revolutionary socialism, and the global historical novel.

Selected Publications


  • A Rational Millennium: Puritan Utopias of Seventeenth-Century England and America (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Author of Ehud’s Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution (Verso Press, 2000). Winner of the 2002 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.

Edited Volumes:

  • Editor of Pamphlet Wars: Prose in the English Revolu­tion (London: Frank Cass, 1992)

Articles and Book Chapters  

  • “‘Mr. Kayerts. He is Dead’: Literary Realism and Conrad's ‘Outpost of Progress,’” 12,000-word essay forthcoming in ELH.
  • “Shoot and Cry: Realism, Modernism, and the Iraq War Fiction of Justin Sirois and Kevin Powers.” 14,000-word essay forthcoming in Cultural Critique.
  • “Buffalo Unsteeled: Connie Porter, Leslie Feinberg, and the Persistence of Proletarian Fiction.” 8,000-word essay forthcoming in The Journal of English Language and Literature (JELL)
  • “‘Nasty, nasty’: Incest, Islamism, and History in Hadji Murat.” Tolstoy Studies 28 (2016): 55-74. 12,000 words.
  • “Antigone Becomes Jocasta: Soha Bechara, Résistante, and Incendies.” Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 29.1 (Fall 2015): 3-42.
  • “Utopia Pre-Empted: Kett’s Rebellion, Commoning, and the Hysterical Sublime.“ Historical Materialism 16.3 (2008): 3-53.
  •  “The Spider, the Fly, and the Commonwealth: John Heywood and Agrarian Class Struggle.” ELH 71.1 (Spring 2004): 53-88.
  •  “‘God bless thee, little David!’: John Felton and His Allies.” ELH 59.3 (1992): 513-52.
  •  “‘Will you rent our ancient love asunder?’: Lesbian Elegy in Donne, Marvell, and Milton.” ELH 54.4 (1988): 835-67.
  • “Tragic Superfluity in Coriolanus.” ELH 50.3 (1983): 485-507.

Major Awards and Fellowships

1990-1991 NEH Fellowship (12 months)