JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

Jamison Kantor

Jamison Kantor is an assistant professor of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature at the Ohio State University. His essays can be found in S.E.L., Nineteenth-Century LiteratureThe Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and PMLA. He is interested in the literary and cinematic depictions of liberal thought and institutions, as well as liberalism’s contradictions and failures. Kantor’s current book project concerns the idea of honor in British Romantic literature and how honor’s representations challenge the bourgeois account of freedom as the foundation of modern political identity. Addressing the impact of the duel—one of honor’s most sensational forms—on cultural productions, the book might clarify some of the popular cinematic depictions of eighteenth-century dueling, featured in films such as Barry Lyndon (1975), The Duellists (1977), and Rob Roy (1995). His second book project addresses the idea of automation, infrastructure, and the uneasy aesthetics of progress from 1750-1850.