Fall 2021: Theory of the Novel

Fall 2021
F 2-4pm, on Zoom (for the time being)

This reading group is open to everyone. Questions? Feel free to write to us at variationswgroup@gmail.com or unite to our mailing list.


  • September 3: Georg Lukács, “Narrate or Describe?” & The Historical Novel (pp. 13-45 & 171-183)
  • September 17: Sherryl Vint, “Promissory Futures: Reality and Imagination in Finance and Fiction” & Mark Soderstrom, “Future Fluctuations: Economy, Exchange, and Subjectivity in Recent English-Language Speculative Fiction.”
  • October 1: Nicholas Brown, Autonomy: The Social Ontology of Art under Capitalism
  • October 22: Anna Kornbluh, The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space


  • November 19: Sianne Ngai, Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form
  • TBA: Roberto Schwarz: Two Girls and Other Essays

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