Tony C. Brown

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Cultural Stdy/Comparative Lit
Room 235C Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Chicago, 2005.


  • Enlightenment Philosophy and Anthropology
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Literary Theory
  • The New World
  • The South Pacific
Courses Taught
  • Sublime Politics and the End of Existence
  • Statelessness
  • Senior Seminar: Moby-Dick
  • The Animal
  • Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought
  • Theory's Philosophical Background: Descartes to Hegel
  • Thinking the Unthinkable
  • Literary Theory
  • The Sublime in Literature and Theory
  • The Theory of the Novel
  • The Exotic, the Savage, and the Primitive in the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Books
  • Statelessness: On Almost not Existing (in progress)
  • The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012).
  • Articles
  • "How Savages Came into the World (Bernard Mandeville)." The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (forthcoming)
  • “Sides Views Split (A Response to Jodi Dean’s ‘A View from the Side').”Cultural Critique 94 (Fall 2016): 102-112.
  • “The Non-Representational Force of Exotic Figures.” In L’Europe et le monde colonial au XVIIIe siècle, ed. Luigi Delia and Aurélie Zygel-Basso, 137-47 (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013).
  • "The Time of Globalization: Rethinking Primitive Accumulation." Rethinking Marxism 21 (October 2009): 571-84.
  • "The Barrows of History." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 37 (Spring 2008): 39-63.
  • "Joseph Addison and the Pleasures of Sharawadgi." ELH 74 (Spring 2007): 171-93.
  • "Cultural Psychosis on the Frontier: The Work of the Darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness." Studies in the Novel 32 (Spring 2000): 14-28. (Reprinted in Heart of Darkness: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, ed. Ross C. Murfin, 3rd ed. [New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2011].)
  • Reviews
  • Review of Peter DeGabriele, Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2015). Studies in the Novel 48 (Summer 2016): 244-46.
  • Review of Donna J. Haraway, When Species Meet (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006). Cultural Anthropology 24 (November 2009): 747-51.
  • Single-Semester Research Leave, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Huntington Library, 2007-2008
  • College of Liberal Arts Research Fellowship Supplement, University of Minnesota, 2007 - 2008
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, Fall 2006
  • Faculty Summer Research Fellowship/McKnight Summer Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Summer 2006