Berkeley English Faculty

Joshua Gang

Joshua Gang

Associate Professor

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Professional Statement

I joined UC Berkeley's English department in 2015. My research interests include: 20th- and 21st-century British literature; literature and philosophy--especially philosophy of mind and moral philosophy; the history of the novel; literary history; and the history of criticism and reading practice. 

My book Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2021 (series: Hopkins Studies in Modernism). My essay "Derek Jarman and Everything That Is the Case," which brings Jarman and Wittgenstein's Tractatus to bear on queer theory, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Critical Inquiry. I've also published my work in journals such as ELH, Novel: A Forum on Fictionand PMLA

I am beginning a new project on moral philosophy, aesthetic value, and modern British fiction and film.

Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind
Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind

What might behaviorism, that debunked school of psychology, tell us about literature? If inanimate objects such as novels or poems have no mental properties of their own, then why do we talk about them as if they do? Why do we perceive the minds o....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind. Johns Hopkins University Press, Nov. 2021 (series: Hopkins Studies in Modernism). 

"Derek Jarman and Everything That is the Case." Critical Inquiry (Summer 2022 issue).

Review of Modernism and Close Reading, ed. David James (Oxford UP, 2020). Review of English Studies 1-2 (Summer 2020).

"Consciousness in the Balance." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 50.2 (Summer 2017).

“No Symbols Where None Intended.” PMLA 130.3 (Fall 2015). 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).

“Behaviorism and the Beginnings of Close Reading.” ELH 78.1 (Spring 2011).

English Department Classes
fall, 2022


Literature in English: Mid-19th through the 20th Century

45C/101 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.


Problems in the Study of Literature

spring, 2022


Literature in English: MId-19th through the 20th Century

45C/101 -- discussion section

Haas, Andrew J

45C/103 -- discussion section

Davidson, William

45C/105 -- discussion section

Davidson, William

45C/106 -- discussion section

Haas, Andrew J

fall, 2021


The Seminar on Criticism: Close Reading


Literature and Philosophy: "Minds, Morals, and the Novel"

spring, 2021


British Literature, 1900-1945


Contemporary Literature: Contemporary British Fiction (and a few films)

134/101 -- discussion section

Gamedze, Londiwe

134/102 -- discussion section

Gamedze, Londiwe