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Emily Johansen

Associate Director, Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • 20th and 21st Century Studies
  • Transnational Literatures
  • (979) 845-8331
  • LAAH 422
Professional Links


Ph.D., McMaster University, 2008

M.A., University of Guelph, 2004

B.A., University of Alberta, 2003

Research Interests

Dr. Johansen’s Scholars@TAMU Profile

  • 20th and 21st century transnational literatures and theory
  • 20th and 21st century British literature and culture
  • Cultural studies
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Cosmopolitanism


Neoliberalism-and-the-Nocel - johansenJohansen, Emily and Alissa G. Karl.  Neoliberalism and the Novel. Routledge, 2015

The novel form has long been connected to modern capitalism and is, arguably, the literary genre most prominently enmeshed in contemporary global markets. Yet, as many critics have suggested about capital, something has changed in the last forty years. With the rise of neoliberalism as the dominant global economic rationality and mode of governance, the experience of capital has produced new ways of seeing and relating to the world, leading, as David Harvey observes, to “the financialization of everything”. The novel, indexed to capital in myriad ways, then, must similarly have been transformed.



Cosmopolitanism-and-Place - johansenJohansen, Emily. Cosmopolitanism and Place: Spatial Forms in Contemporary Anglophone Literature. Palgrave, 2014.

Cosmopolitanism and Place considers the way contemporary Anglophone fiction connects global identities with the experience in local places. Looking at fiction set in metropolises, regional cities, and rural communities, this book argues that the everyday experience of these places produces forms of wide connections that emphasize social justice.

Other Publications

  • “Cosmopolitan Risk, Neoliberal Unfreedom: Transparency and Responsibility in John Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener.” Open Library of Humanities. 4.2 (2018).
  • “History in Place: Territorialized Cosmopolitanism in Teju Cole’s Open City.” Diaspora. 20.1 (2018): 20-39.
  • “The Neoliberal Gothic: Gone Girl, Broken Harbor, and the Terror of Everyday Life.” Contemporary Literature. 57.1 (2016): 30-55.
  • “Bureaucracy and Narrative Possibilities in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 51.3 (2016): 416-31.
  • “Muscular Multiculturalism: Bodies, Space, and Living Together in Andrea Levy’s Small Island.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 56.4 (2015): 383-98.
  • “The Banal Conviviality of Neoliberal Cosmopolitanism.” Textual Practice. 29.2 (2015): 295-314.
  • “Becoming the Virus: Re-Thinking and Re-Placing Cosmopolitanism in Hari Kunzru’s Transmission.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 49.4 (2013): 419-31.
  • “Risky Cosmopolitanism: Risk and Responsibility in Catherine Bush’s The Rules of Engagement.” ARIEL. 42.1 (2011): 129-47.
  • “The Political Allure of the Local: Food and Cosmopolitanism in Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park and Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.” Politics and Culture. 2 (2009).
  • “Imagining the Global and the Rural: Rural Cosmopolitanism in Sharon Butala’s The Garden of Eden and Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.” Postcolonial Text. 4.3 (2008): 1-18.
  • “‘The streets are the dwelling place of the collective’: Public Space and Cosmopolitan Citizenship in What We All Long For.” Canadian Literature. 196 (2008): 48-62.