Bruce Barnhart

Associate Professor - English Language Literature
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Phone +47-22856728
Room NT 919
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0316 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

African American literature, Theories of temporality, Jazz, 20th C. American literature, Frankfurt school aesthetics, Critical Race Theory


Higher education and employment history

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine.  Department of English and Comparative Literature. 

B.A. Cornish College of the Arts.  Department of Music. 



Jazz in the Time of the Novel: The Temporal Politics of American Race and Culture. University of Alabama Press, 2013. 

( Winner: 2012 Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature )

Current Manuscript:

Trading on Racial Futures: Financial Speculation, the American Novel, and the Construction of a Usable Future.


“Dead Ambitions and Repeated Interruptions: Economies of Race and Temporality in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” – Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man at 100, University of Georgia Press, forthcoming, 2015.

"Carolina Shout: James P. Johnson and the Performance of Temporality” - Summer 2010 (33.3), Callaloo

"Prolepsis and Parabasis: Jazz and the Novel" – Summer 2009 (42.2), Novel.

“Between Immanence and Transcendence: Theorizing the Time of a Transformative Politics” - New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Ed. Alfred Drake. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 

“Chronopolitics, Race, and Sublimation: Ragtime and Symphonic Time in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man – Fall 2006 (40.3), African American Review

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