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Joshua Clover

  • Professor of English
271 Voorhies
Office Hours: W 1:00-2:00, T 12:00-1:00
Phone: (530) 752-1696


University of Iowa, 1991
Boston University, 1987

Joshua Clover specializes in 20th Century anglophone poetry and poetics, political economy, crisis theory, with an emphasis on political struggle in literature, environment, feminism, and cultures of finance. He is an affiliated faculty member for the French and Italian Department, Department of Comparative LiteratureFilm Studies Program and the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.

He has two books of cultural theory, routed through film and popular music respectively. His book Of Riot,  a theorization of riot as historical phenomenon, is forthcoming from Verso in 2016. He has contributed articles to journals from Representations to Critical Inquiry, keeps a column at The Nation, and serves on the Editorial Board of Film Quarterly. Forthcoming work focuses on poetry and the transformation of the world-system. He has also published two books of poetry, been translated into several languages and appears in many anthologies including the Norton Introduction to Literature

Joshua Clover will be the Visiting Fellow this spring at the Institute for Advanced Study, Warwick University, UK. In 2015 he will convene a Residential Research Group at the UC Humanities Research Institute, on "Culture, Industry, Finance." 

In 2010-2011, he was a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.



Publication Spotlight

Clover 19891989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About
by Joshua Clover

In a tour de force of lyrical theory, Joshua Clover boldly reimagines how we understand both pop music and its social context in a vibrant exploration of a year famously described as "the end of history."

"Joshua Clover finally puts the lie to the tiresome cliche that 'writing about music is like dancing about architecture.' He shows definitively that when the time is right, architecture is precisely what people do dance about." — Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces

"Joshua Clover's 1989 might be called a time spansule, so potent and compressed that upon application the entire year comes flooding back. Music and politics, drugs and society prove to be eerily congruent, and Clover's tough analysis dismantles prevailing myths while revealing even stranger truths." — Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York



  • Co-convener, Residential Research Group, UC Humanities Research Institute, 2015.
  • Resident Fellow, Cornell Society for the Humanities, 2010-2011
  • Best American Poetry, 2003, 2001, 1997
  • Best Music Writing, 2009, 2007
  • Robert D. Richardson Award for Non-Fiction Writing, 1999
  • Pushcart Prize for Poetry, 1997, 1998
  • Walt Whitman Award for First Book of Poetry, Academy of American Poets, 1996
  • National Endowment for the Arts individual fellowship, 1994
  • Michener/Engle Fellowship in Poetry, 1993-1994
  • Resident Fellow in Poetry, Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, 1992-1993
  • University Prize For Excellence in Teaching, 1991

Education & Interests:

  1. University of Iowa. Interests include 20th Century anglophone poetry and poetics, political economy, Marxism, world-systems analysis, crisis theory, with an emphasis on political struggle in literature, environment, feminism, and cultures of finance.

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