Richard Dienst
Associate Professor of English



Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Professor Dienst is the author of:

 Still Life in Real Time: Theory After Television (Duke University Press, 1994), an account of television from the perspectives of cultural studies, Marxist political economy, Heidegger's philosophy, Derrida's deconstruction, and Deleuze's cinema theory.

The Bonds of Debt: Borrowing Against the Common Good (Verso Books, 2011), an analysis of indebtedness as a fundamental condition of contemporary social, political, and economic life.

He is also the co-editor (with Henry Schwarz) of Reading the Shape of the World: Toward an International Cultural Studies (Westview Press, 1996), a collection of essays on cultural materials in an era of globalization.

He has published a series of essays on contemporary theory, visual media, and political discourse in a variety of journal and anthologies.

Occasional pieces can found on two blogs: 




Office / Office Hours

43 Mine Street, Room 102, College Ave Campus

Please contact me to schedule a meeting.

Courses Taught

  • History of Literary Theory (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Literary and Scientific Writings
  • Theories of Text and Image
  • World Pictures
  • Thinking as a Way of Life
  • Science Fiction
  • Introduction to Crime Fiction


PhD, Duke University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

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