Hello and thank you for your interest in my work! Links below will take you to published articles. Forthcoming essays will be available for download once they are in print. If you have any questions about my work, please do not hesitate to be in touch: avi (dot) alpert (at) gmail (dot) com


“Buddhism between Worlds: Contested Liberations in Kipling, Salinger, and Head” forthcoming in Religion and Literature

“Empires of Enlightenment: On Illumination and the Politics of Buddhism in Heart of Darkness” forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature 40.2 (2017)

“Philosophy Against and in Praise of Violence: Kant, Thoreau, and the Nonviolent Revolutionary Spectator” Theory, Culture & Society 33.6 (2016), pp 51-73

“Sounding Conscience: Walden‘s Global Bottoms,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century Americanists 4.1 (2016), pp 41-63 (nominated for the 1921 American Literature Prize)

“Buddhism and the Postmodern Novel: A Case Study of Cobra and its Critics,”  Twentieth-Century Literature 62.1 (March 2016), pp 32-55

“Prehistories of the Postcolonial: On Philosophy, Politics, and Polemic in Timothy Brennan’s Borrowed Light,” extended book review,  Journal of Modern Literature 38.4 (2015), pp 168-177

“Not to be European would not be ‘to be European still’: Overcoming Eurocentrism in Levinas and others”  Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy  23.1 (2015) pp 21-42

“Epochs, Elephants, and Parts: On the Concept of History in Literary Studies,” review-essay with a response by Kenneth Warren and a rejoinder, diacritics 42.4 (2014), pp 26-52

“Alternative Economies of Art and Politics: An Interview with Gabriel Rockhill and Nato Thompson” Public Books, September 15, 2014

“Performative Scholarship” in the ACLA State of the Discipline Online Report:  March 2014. To be republished in Futures of Comparative Literature (Routledge, 2017) ed. Ursula Heise et. al.

“‘Melancholy Wildness’: The Failure of Cross-Cultural Engagement in Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and Brown’s Edgar Huntly Early American Literature 49.1 (2014), pp. 121-147

“Overcome by Photography: Camera Lucida in an International Frame” Third Text 24.3 (2010), pp. 331-339

“We are Cannibals, All: Fredric Jameson on Colonialism and Experience” Postcolonial Studies, 13.1 (2010), pp. 91-105

 “Specters of Katrina: Historical Reflections on the Future of New Orleans” In The Question of New Orleans Eds. Hawkinson, Kurgan and Marble. New York: Trustees of Columbia University, 2006, 15-17

Becoming Unbearable: An Interview with Slavoj Zizek” Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, Spring 2006