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Jordy Rosenberg


Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, published in 2018 by Random House/One World in the U.S., Atlantic Books UK, Allen & Unwin in Australia, and forthcoming from Paseka in Czech.  He received an MA and PhD from Cornell University, and a BA from Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of a Society for the Humanities Fellowship from Cornell University (2013-2014), and an Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship from the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at UCLA (2009- 2010), as well as a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Award, the Catherine Macaulay Prize, and a William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Joint Fellowship Award. Professor Rosenberg's fields of research and teaching include eighteenth-century transatlantic literature and poetry, moral philosophy, political theory, queer and trans theory, early modern materialism, Marxism, and secularization. Professor Rosenberg's first book, Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.  


Books and Special Journal Issues

  • Confessions of the Fox, (Random House, 2018)
  • Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Queer Studies and the Crisis of Capitalism, co-editor Amy Villarejo, GLQ, 18.1
  • The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, co-edited with Chi-ming Yang (vol 55, no 3, Fall 2014) 


  • "The Birth of Theory and the Long Shadow of the Dialectic," PMLA, v.130, n. 2, August 2015
  • Entry for "Primitive Accumulation," The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, eds. Diamanti, Pendakis, and Szeman (forthcoming)
  • "Sexuality," in Handbook of Marxism, eds. Farris, Skeggs, and Toscano (forthcoming).
  • "Monstrously Unpositable: Primitive Accumulation and the Aesthetic Arc ofCapital," J19, 2015 (3:1).
  • "The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century," with Chi-ming Yang, Introduction to The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (vol 55, no 3, Fall 2014)
  • "The Molecularization of Sexuality," Theory and Event 17.2 (Spring 2014)
  • "Framing Finance: Rebellion, Dispossession, and the Geopolitics of Enclosure in Samuel Delany's Nevèrÿon Series," with Britt Rusert (Radical History Review118, Winter 2014)
  • "Queerness, Norms, Utopia" (with Amy Villarejo), GLQ 18.1, December 2011 
  • "Accumulate! Accumulate! That is Moses and the Prophets!: Secularism, Historicism, and the Critique of Enthusiasm," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol 51.4 (Winter 2010)
  • "The Terrestrial Transatlantic: Ground Rent and Capital Accumulation in Dorset and the Carolina Colony," in Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century, eds. Jennifer Frangos and Cristobal Silva, Cambridge Scholars Press, January 2011.
  • "Serious Innovation: A Conversation with Judith Butler," in The Blackwell Companion to GLBT/Q Studies Reader (Blackwell Publishing, August 2007)
  • "The Bosom of the Bourgeoisie: Edgeworth's Belinda ," ELH , vol. 70, no. 2 (Summer 2003)
  • "Butler 's 'Lesbian Phallus' or, What Can Deconstruction Feel?" GLQ 9.3 (Spring 2003)

Short Fiction

  • "Sky Veins of Potosí," forthcoming in the Boston Review, "Global Dystopias" special issue, edited by Junot Diaz.
    "The Pocket Encyclopedia of Revolutionary Violence, for the Years 1066-2092"; Entry F: The Fen; Fence, Spring/Summer 2014
    "The Pocket Encyclopedia of Revolutionary Violence, for the Years 1066-2092"; Entry W: The Weir; The Common, Spring 2013

Essays and Reviews