Berkeley English Lecturers

Jasper Bernes

Jasper Bernes


Wheeler 421
by appointment

Professional Statement

Jasper Bernes specializes in 20th-century American literature, with an emphasis on postwar poetry and poetics, Marxism, and political economy. His first book, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (Stanford UP, 2017), examined the role poetry and art play in the postindustrial restructuring of labor. He is presently working on The Communist Prospect, about revolution in the 21st century.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"Poetry and Revolution," After Marx, ed. Colleen Lye and Christopher Nealon, Cambridge UP (forthcoming)

"Planning and Anarchy," South Atlantic Quarterly, 119.1 (January 2020)

"Character, Genre, Labor: The Office Novel After Deindustrialization" Post45 1.1 (1.10.19)

"Art and Revolution," Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, 2018

"Art, Work, Endlessness: Flarf and Conceptual Poetry among the Trolls," Critical Inquiry 42.4 (Summer, 2016)

Current Research

Genre theory and poetics. The historical novel. Literature and revolution. 

Recent English Courses Taught