Benjamin Bergholtz

Benjamin Bergholtz 

PhD Student in English


MA in English Literature, Louisiana State University, 2013
BA in English Literature, University of Central Florida, 2009

Areas of Interest

20th century and contemporary Anglophone literature, literary encyclopedism and the “maximalist” novel, globalization and postcolonial studies, the aesthetics of Theodor Adorno, critical theory.


Benjamin Bergholtz is a PhD candidate whose research and teaching interests include 20th century and contemporary Anglophone literature, the maximalist novel, globalization and postcolonial studies, and the aesthetics of Theodor Adorno. He is currently completing his dissertation, Swallowing a World: Globalization and the Maximalist Novel, which argues that the contemporary maximalist novel is an aesthetic response to globalization and a global phenomenon in its own right. He has published in Mississippi Quarterly and Film International, and an article on Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is forthcoming in Contemporary Literature.

Selected Publications

“‘Thinking as Negation’: Adorno, Vertigo, and the Paradoxical Promise of Popular Cinema.” Film International Online, June 2015.
“‘Are You Listening?’: Lancelot, Derrida, and Aporetic Reading.” Mississippi Quarterly 67.1 (2014): 53-73.
“‘Certainty in its Purest Form’: Globalization, Fundamentalism, and Narrative in White Teeth.” Contemporary Literature (forthcoming contingent upon revision).

Curriculum Vitae