Jonathan Flatley

Jonathan Flatley



Fall 2018 on sabbatical

Curriculum Vitae


Jonathan Flatley

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Trained in Duke’s Graduate Program in Literature from 1990-1996, where I worked with Fredric Jameson and Eve Sedgwick, my research and teaching is committed to a comparative approach to the experience of modernity, focusing on the African American, American and Russian cultural traditions.  Art’s capacity to represent and create collective affective experiences has been an ongoing focus of my work. My first book, Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Harvard, 2008) considers modernism’s relationship to the experiences of modernity through its preoccupation with loss. My second book, Like Andy Warhol (University of Chicago, 2017) examines Warhol’s “liking” and the queer utopian impulses animating it.  I am now working on a book called Black Leninism: How Revolutionary Counter-Moods Are Made.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 1996: Ph.D. Duke University, Graduate Program In Literature
  • 1989: B.A. Amherst College

Awards and Grants

  • 2017: Marilyn Williamson Endowed Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University Humanities Center
    2017: Tamiment Library (NYU) Cold War Center Travel Grant
    2014: Wayne State Research Enhancement Proposal Grant (REP) for “Black Leninism”
    2011: Wayne State Humanities Center Summer Research Fellowship
    2010: Wayne State University Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award
    2010: Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University
    2005: University Research Grant, Wayne State University
    2004: Wayne State Humanities Center Summer Research Fellowship
    2001: Fulbright Fellowship, Moscow, Russia
    1990-95: Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities

Selected Publications


Like Andy Warhol  (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism   (Harvard University Press, 2008) 



“’Beaten, But Unbeatable’: Langston Hughes’s Black Leninism,” Comintern Aesthetics, ed. Amelia Glaser and Steven Lee, forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, Spring 2019

“What is a Revolutionary Setting?” Cluster on Setting on the Modernism / Modernity Print Plus platform, ed. Hannah Freed-Thall and Dora Zhang, Winter 2017

“Lenin’s Affect Theory,” Siniy Divan, Moscow, Winter 2017

“Reading for Mood,” Representations 140 (Fall 2017), a special issue on “Fallacies”

“Refreshments of Revolutionary Mood,” Literary/Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Corinne Harol and Mark Simpson, University of Toronto Press, Fall 2017


“Liking Andy Warhol: An Interview With Jonathan Flatley,” by Felix Bernstein, Los Angeles Review of Books, July 20, 2018.

“’A Thousand Years’ of Zoe Leonard,” Public Books, June 15, 2018.

“(Radio On!)” Avidly, A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, January 24 2017.

Currently Teaching

  • Fall 2018 on Sabbatical Leave

  • WINTER 2019:

    "Introduction to Cultural Studies" 

    "Queer Modernisms"


Courses taught

Fall 2017:
ENG/AFS 2390 Introduction to African American Literature ("Black Lives Matter").

Winter 2018:

ENG 3090 "Introduction to Cultural Studies"

ENG 7004. "Aesthetics and Politics" Graduate Seminar