Duke U. Professor Receives $900,000 Holberg Prize

November 26, 2008

Fredric R. Jameson, a professor of literature at Duke University, was awarded the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize at a ceremony in Norway earlier today.

The prize, established in 2003 by the Norwegian Parliament and worth about $900,000 this year, is awarded annually to an outstanding scholar in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, theology, or law.

Mr. Jameson is known for developing a theoretical framework capable of mapping the relations between aesthetic form and social context. He has written a number of books, including Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991). He was recognized by the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund for his contributions to literary and cultural studies.

“Characteristic of Jameson’s work is its openness to a great diversity of views … and his capacity to incorporate and acknowledge them in his own syntheses,” the prize’s selection committee wrote in an announcement of the award.

Mr. Jameson has also twice won a less-enviable prize: the journal Philosophy and Literature’s annual “Bad Writing Contest.” —Caitlin Moran