Professor and Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute
Modern to Contemporary
British Literature; Postcolonial Literature
Ian Baucom works on twentieth century British Literature and Culture, postcolonial and cultural studies, and African and Black Atlantic literatures. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity (1999, Princeton University Press), Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History (2005, Duke University Press), and co-editor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (2005, Duke University Press). He has edited special issues of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Atlantic Studies and Romanticism, and is currently working on a new book project tentatively entitled The Disasters of War: On Inimical Life.
Wake Forest University,
"‘Signum rememorativum, demonstrativum, prognostikon’: Slavery and Finance Capital."
in Victorian Investments (Forthcoming, Bloomington: Indiana University Press).
Ed. Cannon Schmitt.
"The Disasters of War: On Inimical Life."
"Township Modernism (Reprint of chapter originally published in Geodmodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity."
Beyond the Black Atlantic: Relocating Modernization and Technology.
Ed. Walter Goebel and Saksia Schabo.
London and New York:
Ed. Laura Doyle and Laura Winkiel.
Under Review, University of Indiana Press,
I. Baucom, D. Bailey, S. Boyce.
"Shades of Black."
Changing States: Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalisation.
Readers may be divided into four classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge