Department of English


Joel Burges

Research Interests

Joel Burges is the author of essays and reviews that have appeared in New German Critique, Post45, and Twentieth Century Literature. The question of time has animated his most recent book projects: a collection of 20 keyword essays, edited with Amy J. Elias, entitled Time: A Vocabulary of the Present (NYU Press, 2016), and a book entitled Out of Sync & Out of Work: Mediating Time in the Culture of Obsolescence, 1973-Present (forthcoming). His next book is tentatively entitled Literature after TV.  He is also affiliated with Film and Media Studies, Digital Media Studies, the Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities, and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies.

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • External Faculty Fellowship, the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College, 2014-2015
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-11
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2007-09
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-04
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Stanford University, 1999-2003
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998-99
  • Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for the Best Senior Essay in American Studies, American Studies Program, Yale University, 1997

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Animation and the Arts
  • Back to the Future: Alternative Modernities from the Victorian Novel to the Culture of Steampunk
  • Clocks and Computers: Visualizing Cultural Time
  • Critical Theory/Media Theory
  • Film History, 1989-Present
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Literature after TV
  • Marxism and Form
  • Poetics of Television

Selected Publications

  • Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited with Amy J. Elias, NYU Press, 2016
  • "Time Studies Today," with Amy J. Elias, introduction to Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "Obsolescence/Innovation," in Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "'We Are All Geeks Now: Fantasy as a Mode of Social Practice in Disenchanted Modernity," Twentieth Century Literature 59 (Fall 2013)
  • "Adorno's Mimeograph: The Uses of Obsolescence in Minima Moralia," New German Critique 118 (Winter 2013)
  • "Loving Miéville's Sentences," Post45, (February 2012)
  • "The Television and the Teapot: Obsolescence, All That Heaven Allows, and a Sense of Historical Time in Contemporary Life," in Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, ed. Gillian Pye, Peter Lang 2010
  • As a contributor to Arcade ( "Nostalgia, Mourning, Disappearance" (November 2011), "Cinematic Obsolescence: A Parallax View on the Digital Transition" (November 2010), "After the Revolution, or, The Embarrassment of Theory?" (May 2010), "Natalie Merchant's Resonant History Lesson" (May 2010)