Joshua Gang

Assistant Professor
C44 Hearst Annex
Spr2017: Mondays 230pm-430pm
jsgang [at]

Professional Statement

I joined UC Berkeley's English department in July 2015. My research interests include: 20th- and 21st-century British literature; literature and philosophy of mind, linguistics, and cognitive science; literary history; and the history of criticism.

I'm currently working on my book "Word and Mind: Behaviorism and Literary Modernity, 1913-present," which shows how behaviorism fundamentally changed the way twentieth-century writers thought about the relationship between mind and text. Are literary works externalizations of thought, these writers asked, or can we talk about literature without worrying about self-knowledge, dualism, or the problem of other minds? Examining works by I.A. Richards, the New Critics, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and J.M. Coetzee, "Word and Mind" argues that modernism was not so much a psychological turn inward but rather a new set of formal and critical strategies to contend with empirical problems of mind.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

“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, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/1 Literature in English: Late-19th through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/101 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
45C/102 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
45C/103 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
126/1 British Literature, 1900-1945 British 20th- and 21st-Century
250/3 Research Seminar: Literature and the Brain Graduate Courses
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
172/1 Literature and Psychology: Literature and the Brain English Language and Linguistics
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Literary Theory

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