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Department of English Language and Literature

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Eli Jelly-Schapiro

Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 777-4203
Office: HUO 522


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, Culture, and Theory
Senior Project Seminar

Current Research Projects 

I am at work on a book, Security and Terror: Contemporary Culture and the Long History of Colonial Modernity, which 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 figured in contemporary fiction, film, and theory.

Selected Publications 

   “‘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 Crazy: Writing the Iraq War,” The Nation, 29 October 2012
   “Working Lives in Debt,” Social Text Periscope, 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
   William Kentridge: Five Themes: Museum of Modern Art, New York” (exhibition review), Enclave Review, Summer 2010

Recent Presentations 

   “Governmentality and Accumulation: Literature and the Historiography of Neoliberalism,” paper presented at the Neoliberalism and American Literature conference, University College Dublin, 21 February 2015
   “Occupation against Occupation: Space, the City, and Anticolonial Resistance,” presented at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference, Tampere, Finland, 2 July 2014
   Panelist, “Indebted Practice: Collaborative Research and Intellectual Debts,” panel sponsored by the Program Committee, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22 November 2013
   Invited panelist, closing roundtable on translating cultural theory into social policy, Geographies of Power conference, Center for Global Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 27 April 2013
   “Enclosing/Disclosing: Primitive Accumulation, Neoliberalism, and the War of Information,” presented at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference, Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2 July 2012
   “The Stands Bereft of People,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore, 20 October 2011
   “Working Lives in Debt,” presented at the Annual Conference of the International Institute for the Promotion of Political Economy, Istanbul, 22 May 2011
   “Homeland Security: A Genealogy,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, San Antonio, 20 November 2010
   “Workers for the World: Construction Labor and the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” presented at the Global Football: History, Gender, and Nation conference, York University, 5 December 2009
   “Post–September 11 Film and the Story of the Human,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, 27 March 2009