Stephanie Polsky
Stephanie Polsky

Stephanie Polsky has written on contemporary culture, critical theory, and visual culture in a range of books and academic journals including Walter Benjamin and History, Parallax, Colloquy, /seconds and Jacobin Magazine. As an interdisciplinary writer/academic she is interested in political economy, cultural identity and the revelatory points of intersection held between the two. She has lectured widely in Media and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Visual Culture at a number of prestigious UK institutions including Goldsmiths College, Winchester School of Art, University of Greenwich, and Regent's University London. She holds a PhD in the History of Ideas from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MA in Critical Theory (University of Sussex) and a BA in Critical Theory and Photography (Hampshire College). Her first book Walter Benjamin's Transit: A Destructive Tour of Modernity was published by Academica Press in 2010 and remains widely available.

Her latest book ‘Ignoble Displacement: Dispossessed Capital in Neo-Dickensian London’ addresses the relationship between the themes of capital and empire in Dickens's novels and the combination of global economy and liberal politics in the Victorian era that remain relevant to our understanding of today’s global financial crisis and the significance it has in maintaining a rationale for neoliberal governance. This research uses the scholarly frameworks of cultural studies, critical theory and postcolonial studies to address themes of globalisation, politics and culture in Dickens's writing as a resource of cultural memory, integral to documenting Victorian Britain's social, economic and political histories. Interpreting this cultural work as a kind of 'archive' of race, nation and ethnicity as was understood by his contemporary reading public, gives us the unique opportunity to examine how they continue to inform British identity and also remain critical to the formation of colonial and postcolonial identities around the globe. The broader themes of this volume would lend themselves naturally to academic and political discussions around History, Literature and Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory.


Books by Stephanie Polsky

Ignoble Displacement

Dispossessed Capital in Neo-Dickensian London

Sep 2015

A radical reinterpretation of Dickens's novels made consequential to an understanding of capitalism in the neoliberal age.

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