Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


“On Ecstatic-Aesthetic Universality—In Zong!Small Axe 58 (March 2019).

“‘what good is poetry and how do you get to change the world’: Hannah Weiner’s clairvoyance as translation.” Contemporary Literature Vol. 59, No. 3 (Fall 2018).

The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture. Co-edited with Eric Sneathen. Wolfman Books: Oakland, CA, 2017.

“Afterword.” Jack Spicer, The Wasps. speCt! Books: Oakland, CA, 2016.

Review of Robert Glück, Communal Nude. Make Magazine ( August 2016.

Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry. Co-editor and preface (with Claire Marie Stancek). Tuumba Press: Berkeley, CA, 2016.

Poems in SplitLevel Journalthe tinyBerkeley Poetry ReviewOversound, and Cordite.

Papers delivered:

“A Black Poem and a Black World.” Seminar: “Poetry and Public Feeling.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. University of California, Los Angeles. March 29-April 1, 2018.

“Writing as Paraclete, or, Chain of Fools.” UC Berkeley/UC Santa Cruz/UC Humanities Research Institute Conference: “Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today.” October 13-15, 2017.

“Aesthetics with the dead: M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!” Princeton University African American Studies Conference: “Eighteen Hundred and More: Mourning the Needy Dead in the Chaos of Protest.” April 19-21, 2017.“‘Ecstatic Universality in Kant’s Third Critique and Philip’s Zong!” Co-organized Seminar (with Judith Goldman and Hannah Manshel): “Unforming Feeling.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Cambridge, MA. March 17-20, 2016.

“Poetry as Magic in Spicer, Reines, and Gregory.” Panel on “Magic in Contemporary Writing.” Small Press Distribution. Berkeley, CA. October 27, 2015. <>

"'I am going to keep dancing': Living on in the space of death, after Turf Feinz, and others." ACLA Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 2015.

"On the Margins of Lyric: Dorothy Wordsworth and Beyond." Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, UK, August 2014.

"This is How We Dead Men Write to Each Other: Queer Translation as Utopian Necrophilia in Jack Spicer's After Lorca." Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies Conference, New York University, April 2014.

"Searching for the human and searching for the ghost in George Oppen's 'Of Being Numerous.'" Radical Reading Practices Symposium, UC Santa Cruz, April 2013.

"George Oppen and Walter Benjamin: the spectrality of political poetry." Conversify: Poetry, Politics and Form Conference, University of Edinburgh, September 2011.

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.