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John Lutz

John Lutz

Chair, English DepartmentAssociate Professor of English

B.A., M.A., Long Island UniversityPh.D., Stony Brook University


John Lutz is an Associate professor of English at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature (1998) from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. (1991) and B.A. (1989) in English literature from Long Island University. He teaches philosophy and literature, postcolonial literature and theory, political philosophy and 20th-century literature. His most recent publications include articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Conradiana, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, LIT, Research in African Literatures, Rethinking Marxism and Mosaic.


Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory, Philosophy and Literature, Marxism, 20th-century World Anglophone Literatures, History and Theory of the Novel, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy


  • Author, “Objects Insignificant to Sight: Racial Violence and Empathy in Faulkner’s “Pantaloon in Black.” (The Faulkner Journal 33.2 (Fall 2019):189-205. (In print June2023)
  • Author, “The View From Below: Solidarity and Struggle in Irish-American Working-Class Literature” Co-Authored with Margaret Hallissy in A Cambridge History of Irish Working Class Writing, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Author, “Sealskins and Original Dimes: Exploitation, Class, and Commodity Fetishism inToni Morrison’s Tar Baby.” Critique 54.1 (Fall 2013): 56-69.
  • Author, “Bodies in Pain: Reality, Realism, and the Subversion of Spectacle in James Press,MacDonald’s Brides, Bombs, and Boardrooms.” Bristol/Chicago: Intellect 2011, 227-238.
  • Author, “Zombies of the World Unite: Class Struggle and Alienation in ‘Land of the Dead,’” published in “Philosophy and Horror” (2010)
  • Author, “From Domestic Nightmares to the Nightmare of History: Uncanny Eruptions of Violence in King and Kubrick’s ‘The Shining,’” published in “Philosophy and Horror” (2010)
  • Author, “Commodity Fetishism, Patriarchal Repression, and Psychic Deprivation in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things,” published in Mosaic (2009)
  • Author, “A Marxian Theory of the Subject: Commodity Fetishism, Autonomy, and Psychological Deprivation,” published in Rethinking Marxism (2009)
  • Author, “A Rage for Order: Fetishism, Self-Betrayal, and Exploitation in The Secret Agent,” published in Conradiana (2008)
  • Author, “Pessimism, Autonomy, and Commodity Fetishism in Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born,” published in Research in African Literatures (2003)
  • Author, “Ngugi’s Dialectical Vision: Individualism and Revolutionary Consciousness in A Grain of Wheat,” published in Ufahamu (2003)
  • Author, “That Texas Disease: Commodity Fetishism and Psychic Deprivation in The Hamlet,” published in LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory (2002)
  • Author, “Chichikov’s Chest: Reality, Representation, and Infectious Storytelling in Dead Souls,” published in Texas Studies in Literature and Language (2001)
  • Author, “Centaurs and Other Savages: Patriarchy, Hunger, and Fetishism in ‘Falk,’” published in Conradiana (2000)
  • Author, “Faulkner’s Parable of the Cave: Ideology and Social Criticism in Light in August,” published in Mississippi Quarterly (1999)


Member, Modern Language Association