Professor Fredric Jameson is an American cultural theorist. At Duke University, he is the William A. Lane, Jr., Professor of Comparative Literature and the chair of the Duke Program in Literature. He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1954 and his M.A. (1956) and Ph.D. (1960) from Yale University. He has taught at Harvard University (1959-1967), the University of California at San Diego (1967-1976), Yale University (1976-1983), and the University of California at Santa Cruz (1983-1985). Professor Jameson's teachings cover modernism, Third World literature and cinema, Marx and Freud, the modern French novel and cinema, and the Frankfurt School. Among his ongoing concerns is the need to analyse literature as an encoding of political and social imperatives, and the interpretation of modernist and postmodernist assumptions through a rethinking of Marxist methodology. His most recent books include Late Marxism (1990), Signatures of the Visible (1990), Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991), The Geopolitical Aesthetic (1992), and Seeds of Time (1994). He also chairs the editorial board of South Atlantic Quarterly.