|Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies||Room 265, Elvet Riverside 2||+44 (0) 191 33 44334|
Office hour 2020-21: Wed 11-12
I am Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English. My research focuses on literary style, ‘world literature’ and the historical sociology of modernity. My first book, The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics (Brill: 2017), developed a systematic theory of literary style through an immanent critique of the work of Raymond Williams, Terry Eagleton and Fredric Jameson. I have since continued to refine my thinking on style in articles for Poetics Today, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory, and Textual Practice (the latter forthcoming).
I am currently working on three further book projects. The first, Capital Personified: The Impersonality Variations, is an interdisciplinary study of literary impersonality in ‘world literature’ across the long twentieth century: from the writings of Karl Marx, through early twentieth-century modernism and literary criticism, to contemporary postcolonial fiction and literary theory. It connects and intervenes in four debates: the question of modernist impersonality (its nature, range and variable political valences); contemporary theories of ‘world literature’; the notion of capitalism as a system of ‘impersonal domination’; and what might broadly be called the ‘poetics of critique.’
The second, Raymond Williams and ‘World Literature’, is a continuation of my engagement with Williams’s work. It reads Williams’s late work in particular – from the 1970s onwards – as a complement and challenge to prevailing materialist approaches to ‘world literature.’ I argue that his writings on Wales, nationalism, modernism, the classics, writing and orality, not to mention his cultural materialist methodology more generally, offer a powerful anti-imperial conception of literacy and a novel understanding of universality, intellectuality, and education. I have offered a first version of these reflections in an article to appear in an edited volume (2021) celebrating the centenary of Williams’s birth. For 2022, I have been invited to edit a special issue of the journal Key Words, the topic for which will be ‘Raymond Williams and “World Literature.”’
The third book project, provisionally entitled Writing and Resisting the Modern World-System, focuses on the formal and generic challenges of ‘non-fictional’ writing on the capitalist world-system. Ranging across Immanuel Wallerstein’s world-systems analysis, Marxist anthropology, workers’ inquiries, committed journalism, and revolutionary memoirs, I try to suggest that ostensibly ‘non-fictional’ writings share many of the same representational challenges as literary fiction, and that these formal concerns are often integral – or obstacles – to their radical political projects.
Long term, I hope to write an intellectual history of cultural revolution. To this end I have already published two preparatory articles, both on the early Marx: one on the relevance of Schiller’s conception of aesthetic education for the early Marx’s theory of revolution, and one on objectivity, alienation and the senses in the 1844 Manuscripts.
I have ongoing interests in the history of aesthetics, the Anthropocene/ Capitalocene, and theories of the subject in radical contemporary thought.
I completed my B.A. in English Literature at the University of Cardiff, during which I worked for one year as an assistant d'anglais at a lycée in Orléans (France). Following my undergraduate studies, I returned to France to work as a lecteur d'anglais for one year at Université Nancy 2 and Sciences Po. From 2008-2010, I undertook a two-year Research M.A. in Literary Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. I was subsequently awarded a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Germany). Following my Ph.D., I worked for two years as a wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, and 6 months as a Temporary Professor, in the English department at Gießen. From 2016-18, I was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for World Literatures at the University of Leeds, working as part of a Leverhulme project entitled “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literature.” In summer 2018, I was appointed Assistant Professor of World Literatures at Durham.
I welcome applications or informal queries relating to Ph.D. supervision in research areas which overlap with my own, in particular:
- Anglo-American Marxist literary theory (especially the work of Raymond Williams)
- Althusserian and post-Althusserian thought (esp. Badiou and Rancière)
- Materialist approaches to "world literature"
- Most areas of Marxist poetics/ aesthetics
- Hartley, Daniel (2016). The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics. Leiden: Brill.
Chapter in book
- Hartley, Daniel (2021). The Voices of Capital: Poetics of Critique Beyond Sentiment and Cynicism. In Understanding Marx, Understanding Modernism. Steven, Mark Bloomsbury. 74-85.
- Hartley, Daniel (2021). Anti-Imperial Literacy, the Humanities, and Universality in Raymond Williams’s Late Work. In Raymond Williams at 100. Stasi, Paul London: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Hartley, Daniel (2020). Style. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Frow, John Oxford University Press.
- Hartley, Daniel (2020). Die Stimmen des Kapitals: Poetik der Kritik jenseits von Empfindung und Zynismus. In Marx konkret: Poetik und Ästhetik des Kapitals. Bies, Michael, & Mengaldo, Elisabetta Wallstein Verlag. 93-108.
- Hartley, Daniel (2019). Keeping it Real: Literary Impersonality under Neoliberalism. In World Literature, Neoliberalism and the Culture of Discontent. Deckard, Sharae & Shapiro, Stephen Palgrave Macmillan. 131-155.
- Hartley, Daniel (2019). Home and the Law: Impersonality and Worldlessness in J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus (2013) and Jenny Erpenbeck's Gehen, Ging, Gegangen (2015). In Edinburgh Contemporary Research on Refugee Writing. Durrant, Sam, Farrier, David, Stonebridge, Lyndsey, Cox, Emma & Woolley, Agnes Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 501-517.
- Hartley, Daniel (2018). 'Slavery to an Assembly Line is not Liberation from Slavery to the Kitchen Sink': Assessing Social Reproduction Theory's Challenge to Liberal-Feminist and Classical-Marxist Paradigms. In Beyond Gender: An Advanced Introduction to Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies. Olson, Greta, Horn, Mirjam, Hartley, Daniel & Schmidt, Regina Abingdon: Routledge. 100-116.
- Hartley, Daniel (2017). Radical Schiller and the Young Marx. In Aesthetic Marx. Gandesha, Samir & Hartle, Johan London: London: Bloomsbury. 163-184.
- Hartley, Daniel (2016). Anthropocene, Capitalocene and the Problem of Culture. In Anthropocene or Capitalocene?. Moore, Jason W. Oakland: PM Press. 154-165.
- Hartley, Daniel (2015). Style as Structure of Feeling: Emergent Forms of Life in the Theory of Raymond Williams and George Saunders's Tenth of December. In Emergent Forms of Life in Anglophone Literature: Conceptual Frameworks and Critical Analyses. Basseler, Michael, Hartley, Daniel & Nünning, Ansgar Trier: WVT. 1-24.
- Olson, Greta, Horn, Mirjam, Hartley, Daniel & Schmidt, Regina (2018). Beyond Gender: An Advanced Introduction to Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Basseler, Michael, Hartley, Daniel & Nünning, Ansgar (2015). Emergent Forms of Life in Anglophone Literature: Conceptual Frameworks and Critical Analyses. Trier: WVT.
- Hartley, Daniel (2021). The Jamesonian Impersonal; or, Person as Allegory. Historical Materialism (Advanced Article): 1-13.
- Hartley, Daniel (2020). 'Dead Letters': Impersonality and the Mourning of World Literature in Ivan Vladislavić's Double Negative. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 22(2): 195-211.
- Hartley, Daniel (2018). Style in the Novel: Toward a Critical Poetics. Poetics Today 39(1): 159-181.
- Hartley, Daniel (2018). The Aesthetics of Non-Objectivity: From the Worker’s Two Bodies to Cultural Revolution. Studi di estetica IV(3): 137-150.
- Hartley, Daniel (2016). Combined and Uneven Styles in the Modern World-System: Stylistic Ideology in José de Alencar, Machado de Assis and Thomas Hardy. European Journal of English Studies 20(3): 222-235.
- Hartley, Daniel (2016). On Raymond Williams: Complexity, Immanence, and the Long Revolution. Mediations 30(1): 39-60.
- Hartley, Daniel (2019). The Person, Historical Time and the Universalisation of Capital. Salvage