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Jordy Rosenberg

Professor English and Associated MFA Faculty in the Program for Poets and Writers

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of the forthcoming hybrid work The Day Unravels What the Night Has Woven and the novel Confessions of the Fox (both from Random House/One World), and a scholarly monograph about 18th-century religious enthusiasts. Confessions of the Fox was also published by Atlantic Books in the UK, Allen & Unwin in Australia/New Zealand, and Paseka in the Czech Republic. Confessions is a New York Times Editors Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, the UK Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award, and longlisted for The Dublin Literary Award. Jordy’s work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from The Lannan Foundation, The Ahmanson-Getty Foundation, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.


Books and Special Journal Issues

  • The Day Unravels What the Night Has Woven (forthcoming, Random House)
  • 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) 


  • "One Utopia, One Dystopia," Afterword, Transgender Marxism, eds. Jules Gleeson and Elle O'Rourke, Pluto Press, 2021
  • Entry for "Primitive Accumulation," The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, eds. Diamanti, Pendakis, and Szeman (2019)
  • "The Birth of Theory and the Long Shadow of the Dialectic," PMLA, v.130, n. 2, August 2015
  • "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

Selected Essays and Reviews