Joshua Gang

Joshua Gang

Assistant Professor
Wheeler 412
Spring 2019: Friday, 1030am-12pm and by appointment
jsgang [at]

Professional Statement

I received my PhD from Rutgers in 2012 and joined UC Berkeley's English department in 2015. My research interests include: 20th- and 21st-century British literature, fiction and drama in particular; literature and philosophy--especially philosophy of mind and moral philosophy; the history of the novel; literary history; and the history of criticism.

I'm currently working on my book Word and Mind: Behaviorism and Literary Modernity, which shows how behaviorism fundamentally changed the way twentieth-century writers thought about the relationship between mind and text--and how behaviorism might do the same for contemporary criticism. Is literary language necessarily an externalization of thought, we might ask, or is it possible to talk about literature without worrying about dualism, self-knowledge, or the problem of other minds? In order to think about those questions, each chapter of Word and Mind pairs a key concept of behaviorism with a set of twentieth-century writers: IA Richards, the New Critics, and TS Eliot on behaviorintrospection in the fiction of Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf; dualism in the dramas of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter; and stimuli  in the fiction of JM Coetzee. 

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Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"Consciousness in the Balance" (book review). NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 50.2 (Summer 2017), 303-306.

“No Symbols Where None Intended.” PMLA 130.3 (Fall 2015), 679-683. Contribution to "Theories and Methodologies: Learning to Read," edited by Deidre Lynch and Evelyne Ender.

“Mindless Modernism.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (Summer 2013), 116-132.

“Behaviorism and the Beginnings of Close Reading.” ELH 78.1 (Spring), 1-25.

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
246L/1 Graduate Pro-seminar (Literature in English, 1945 to the Present): British Fiction Since 1945 Graduate Courses
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
126/1 British Literature, 1900-1945 British 20th- and 21st-Century
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/101 -- discussion section Baker-Gibbs, Ariel
45C/102 -- discussion section Ramm, Gerard
45C/103 -- discussion section Su, Amanda Jennifer
190/1 Research Seminar: Britain in the ‘60s British 20th- and 21st-Century
Research Seminars
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/1 Literature in English: Late-19th through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/101 -- discussion section Trevino, Jason Benjamin
45C/102 -- discussion section Creasy, CFS
45C/103 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.

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