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Eli Jelly-Schapiro

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4203
Office: HUO 522
Resources: English Language and Literature


PhD, Yale University, 2013
MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2006
BS, Georgetown University, 2004

Areas of Specialization 

    Global Contemporary Literature
    Transnational American Studies
    Theories of Race, Capital, and Empire
    The History of the Present

Recently Taught Courses 

Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Capitalism and Contemporary Literature
Literature and Globalization
Themes in American Writing: America in the World
Reading and Writing the Global City

Current Research Projects 

My first book, Security and Terror: American Culture and the Long History of Colonial Modernity, interweaves two threads: One, the book embeds the paradigms of security and terror, the dominant conceptual tropes of contemporary American and global culture, within the five-hundred-year history of European empire and its afterlives—the long history of colonial modernity. Two, the book examines how the extant history of colonial modernity, and the dialectic of security and terror that operates therein, is registered and reckoned with in contemporary fiction and theory. Security and Terror is forthcoming from the University of California Press in May 2018:

I have recently begun work on a second book project. Provisionally entitled “Literature, Theory, and the Temporalities of Capital,” this project will examine how the synchronous moments of neoliberal capitalism—the ongoing moment of primitive accumulation, the moment of expanded reproduction, and the moment of what I call “accumulation by fabrication”—are figured in fiction and theory.

Selected Publications 

    “Historicizing Repression and Ideology,” Mediations, August 2017 (special issue on Althusser’s On the Reproduction of Capitalism, Caren Irr, ed.)
    “‘This Is Our Threnody’: Roberto Bolaño and the History of the Present,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 56, no. 1, January 2015
    “Occupation against Occupation: Space and Anticolonial Resistance,” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 22, no. 1, April 2014
    “Security: The Long History,” Journal of American Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, August 2013
    “‘The Stands Bereft of People’: The Cultural Politics of World Cup Stadia,” Transition 109, October 2012

    “The World-Spanning Humanism of Mohsin Hamid,” The Millions, 12 July 2017
    “Millennials and the War on Terror,” The Chronicle Review, vol. LXII, no. 5, October 2015
    “The Crazy: Writing the Iraq War,” The Nation, 29 October 2012
    “Working Lives in Debt,” Social TextPeriscope, 29 September 2011
    “‘Days of Infamy’: John Dower’s Cultures of War,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 August 2010|
    “The World Cup: Will South Africa Shine?,” Social Text online, June 2010

   • “Choc en Retour: The Colonial Origins of Neoliberal Rationality,” annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Universiteit Utrecht, 7 July 2017
   • “Governmentality and Accumulation: Literature, Freedom, and the Temporalities of Neoliberalism,” annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, 22 March 2016
   • “Governmentality and Accumulation: Literature and the Historiography of Neoliberalism,” Neoliberalism and American Literature conference, University College Dublin, 21 February 2015
   • “Occupation against Occupation: Space, the City, and Anticolonial Resistance,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference, Tampere, Finland, 2 July 2014

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.