James Elkins Professor School of the Art Institute of Chicago Commons username: @jameselkins Following 110 members View ActivityProfileSites 0CORE deposits 51Following 110Followers 25Groups 21DiscussionsDocs Academic Interests 19th-century German literature19th-century Russian literature20th-century American literature20th-century American novel20th-century British literature20th-century French literature20th-century German literature20th-century Italian literature20th-century literature20th-century Modern Greek Literature20th-century poetics20th-century transnational literature20th-century world literature21st-century American literature21st-century anglophone literature21st-century British literature21st-century Chinese literature21st-century French literature21st-century German literature21st-century Irish literature21st-century literature21st-century poetics21st-century Spanish literature21st-century transnational literatureAesthetic theoryAnne CarsonArabic literatureArgentine literatureArno SchmidtArt theoryBorder theoryCanadian literatureCentral American literatureCesar AiraChinese-Western comparative literatureClassical rhetoricComparative literary studiesComparative literatureContemporary global fictionCritical theoryDavid Foster WallaceDavid MarksonDecolonial theoryEnglish world literaturesExperimental approaches to literatureFernando PessoaFin-de-Sìecle Literature & CultureFlann O'BrienFrench literatureGeorges PerecGlobal anglophone literatureGlobal literary flowsHistory of literary studyHistory of rhetoricHistory of the novelInterdisciplinary literary criticismJames JoyceLiterary criticismLiterary modernismLiterary translationLudwig WittgensteinMarianne FritzModern and contemporary Japanese literature and cultureNovel criticismOulipoPostmodern American literatureRhetoric of literary criticismRobert MusilRoberto BolañoSamuel BeckettThomas AquinasThomas BernhardThomas PynchonWord and image studies Commons Groups HCAdvocating for the HumanitiesAmerican LiteratureArchivesDigital HumanistsFeedback and Feature RequestsFrankfurt School Critical TheoryGerman Literature and CultureHumanities AdvocacyIrish Literature and CultureLiterary TranslationMusic and SoundPhilosophyWriting SystemsMLALLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than EnglishRCWS History and Theory of CompositionTC Philosophy and LiteratureTC Science and LiteratureTC Translation StudiesTheory and ModernismTM Language TheoryTM Literary and Cultural Theory Recent Commons Activity posted a new activity comment deposited Why Should Novels About Scien… in the group TC Science and Literature deposited Why Should Novels About Scien… in the group RCWS History and Theory of Co… deposited When Novels are Too Comfortin… in the group American Literature Commons Sites AboutHistorian of art. On HC I post mainly in MLA groups, about literature. I am active on Academia and Facebook. Texts and books are uploaded at Academia and on my website. EducationSee the vita. Work Shared in COREArticlesWhy Should Novels About Science Be Coy About Including Science (or Mathematics)? On Michele AudinWhen Novels are Too Comforting: Thoughts on Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto”A Misunderstanding of Fiction: Thoughts on William Gibson’s “The Peripheral”What Is a Fragment of / in Fiction? Thoughts on Pierre Senges’s “Fragments of Lichtenberg”The “Finnegans Wake of Russia,” And Its Translation Problems: On Sasha Sokolov’s “Between Dog and Wolf”Why Write Average Books? On Julian Barnes’s “The Sense of an Ending”The Prehistory of Constrained Writing: Thoughts on Michel Butor’s “Degrees, A Novel”Compulsively Fractal Writing and Its Limits: Thoughts on Stephen Dixon, and Especially “Frog”The Difference between Fragments and Parts: Notes on Will Eaves’s “The Absent Therapist”Frantic Cleverness as a Style: Notes on Nell Zink’s “The Wallcreeper”On the Aesthetic Pleasure and Fictive Nature of Footnotes: Nabokov’s 1,200 Pages of Commentary on Eugene OneginWhat it Means to Write a Novel After Novels Have Ended: Thoughts on Bolano’s “By Night in Chile”A Relation Between Theory and the Machinic Imagination: Notes on Christine Brooke-Rose’s “Life, End of”Representing a Ruined Mind in Fiction; and a Note on How Google Ruins Reading: On Markson’s “Reader’s Block”On Late Romanticism in Fiction: Peter Handke’s “Slow Homecoming”The Idea of Second Rank Writers; And a Connection between Similes and Autism: Notes on Nicholson BakerAnne Carson, “Nox”What is a Rant in Literature: Notes on Gaddis’s Agape AgapeThe Ultimate Failed Modernist Hyper-Novel: Miklos Szentkuthy, Prae, part oneThe Material of Writing Before Materiality Theory: On A.R. Ammons’s Tape for the Turn of the YearOn the Possibility of Teaching the Reader Chinese (I.e., Including a New Language): On Harry Mathews’s The JournalistNew Ways of Experimenting with Images in Literature: On Christian Bok’s XenotextMisunderstanding the Relation between Literary Modernism and Gender, Identity, and Other Contemporary Concerns: Some Notes on Zadie SmithWhy is Extremely Violent or Disgusting Subject Matter Still Inimical to Literature? Notes on Stokoe’s Novel CowsDeconstructing Danielewski’s “Complexity”What Counts as Good Writing for Knausgaard?On the Limits of Wit and of Plotting in Maximalist Novels: Notes on Sergio De la Pava, Naked SingularityHigh Point of the American Experimental Novel: Notes on David Markson, Wittgenstein’s MistressWhat Does it Mean to Claim a Novel is a Single Sentence? Notes on Mathias Enard, ZoneWhat is the Genuinely Strange in Literature? Notes on Flann O’Brien, The Third PolicemanOn A Lack of Ambition: Notes on Laszlo Krasznahorkai, The Last WolfA Vertiginous Slide Into Literary Self-Regard: Notes on Enrique Vila-Matas, Because She Never AskedWhat is Psychological Complexity? Notes on Dostoevsky, Notes from UndergroundWhy it is Important That Novels Fail in Many Ways: Notes on Romina Paula, AugustWhat Happens When Constrained Writing Doesn’t Follow Its Constraints? Notes on Alejandro Zambra, Multiple ChoiceA History of the Novel Without Literary Theory: Notes on Steven Moore, The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800How Philosophical Fiction Works Against Fiction: Notes on DeLillo’s Point OmegaHow to Structure a 1,300 Page Book: Notes on William Vollmann’s ImperialEssaysThe Photographs in Wright Morris’s “The Home Place”Images in Umberto Exo’s “Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna”Images in Susan Howe’s “The Midnight”Images in Sebald’s “Rings of Saturn”The Anonymous Images in Raymond Roussel’s “New Impressions of Africa”The Images in Monica Ong’s “Silent Anatomies”The Very Strange Photographs in Kobo Abe’s Very Strange “Box Man”Photographs and Text in John Gardner’s “Mickelsson’s Ghosts”Remarks on a Little-Known Book of Images and Text: Helene Sommers’s wonderful “I Was There”The first illustrated novel: Georges Rodenbach’s “Bruges-la-morte”Images of Art and Science in Christian Bok’s “Crystallography”Images in Andre Breton’s “Nadja”Yves Bonnefoy, The arriere-pays Other PublicationsSee the live vita online. ProjectsSee the updated listing on my website. Upcoming Talks and ConferencesSee the updated listing on my website.