Joshua Adam Anderson

Joshua Adam Anderson

joshuaanderson@berkeley.edu
(510) 828-7001


Professional Statement

My overarching concern is with hermeneutics and the history of literary theory, with a particular interest in a critique of genre rooted in fantastic literature, and a focus on mid-20th century American young children's literature. This inquiry- which takes place in both academic and non-academic spheres- includes, but is not limited to, developing concept tools for reading that articulate the intersection of aesthetics and politics, exploring modes of apprehension of the aesthetic and the political via art writing, writing about poetry, and writing poetry. My methodological and pedagogical practices are built on a Marxist- Feminist foundation, with a healthy dose of psychoanalysis, and a co-commitment to both "activist new formalism" as well as archival and genetic scholarship.



Specialties

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Abolishing Genre/ Apprehending the Contemporary: Fantastic Literature & Black Lives Matter, London Conference in Critical Thought, London, UK, June-July 2017

Uncanny Animation: The Signification of Difference in Margaret Wise Brown’s Little Fur Family, Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Columbia, OH, June 2016

Uncanny Assemblage: Myth, Phantasy, and The Virtual in Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2015

MY FIST IS A BOOK OF ETHICS, poetry reading with Claudia Rankine, Holloway Series in Poetry, UC Berkeley, February 2015

Implications of the Surface: A Critique of Surface Reading, Friends of English Southland Graduate Conference, UCLA, May 2013

Implications of the Surface: A Critique of Surface Reading” Berkeley-Stanford Conference, Stanford, April 2013

Implications of the Surface: A Critique of Surface Reading, Radical Reading Practices Symposium, UC Santa Cruz, April 2013

Implications of the Surface: A Critique of Surface Reading, (dis)junctions Conference, UC Riverside, April 2013

Miscellaneous American Lives: Subjectivity & Form in Dos Passos’ The 42nd Parallel, 2011 English Cohort Symposium, UC Berkeley, December 2011



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