Berkeley English Faculty

Mark Goble

Mark Goble

Associate Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 411
By appointment

Professional Statement

Mark Goble received his Ph. D. from Stanford University in 2002. His research focuses on the connections between literature and other media technologies from the late 19th-century to the present.  He is the author of Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life (Columbia), and has published essays in journals such as ELH, MLQ, Modern Fiction Studies, and American Literature.  He teaches courses on U. S. poetry and visual culture, film and media theory, the New York School, and on such figures as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, and William Carlos Williams. He is currently at work on a book entitled Downtime: The Twentieth Century in Slow Motion, which explores the systemic relation between the experience of slowness and the limits of high technology across a range of film, literature, and new media art.

Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life
Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life

This is critical reading, thinking, and writing of the highest order. It is a book of many pleasures, in which an earlier and more self-serious period in literary history is read with a foreknowledge of the phantasmagoria of contemporary media cultu....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life.  Columbia University Press: 2010.


“Awkward Ages: James and Hitchcock In Between,” in Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock, the Men Who Knew Too Much, eds. Susan M. Griffin and Alan Nadel (Oxford University Press, 2011).

“Media and Communications Technologies,” in Henry James in Context, ed. David McWhirter (Cambridge University Press, 2010): 203-213.

“Wired Love:  Pleasure at a Distance in Henry James and Others,” ELH 74: 2 (Summer 2007): 397-427.

"Delirious Henry James:  A Small Boy and New York,” Modern Fiction Studies 50: 2 (Summer 2004): 351-384.

"Cameo Appearances; or, When Gertrude Stein Checks In to Grand Hotel," Modern Language Quarterly 62: 2 (June 2001): 117-163.

"'Our Country's Black and White Past':  Film and the Figures of History in Frank O'Hara," American Literature 71: 1 (March 1999): 57-92.

"Culture on Vacation:  James Clifford's Tracks," Postmodern Culture 8.3 (May 1998).

English Department Classes