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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 Literature, Film 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 Riot Strike 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 three books of poetry, most recently Red Epic, been translated into several languages and appears in many anthologies including the Norton Introduction to Literature.
Joshua Clover has recently been Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Warwick University, UK, and convened a Residential Research Group at the UC Humanities Research Institute, on "Culture, Industry, Finance." In 2016 he will be a visiting professor at the University of Paris Diderot. In 2010-2011, he was a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
1989: 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
- Riot Strike Riot (Verso 2016)
- Red Epic (Commune Editions 2015)
- 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (University of California Press 2009)
- The Totality For Kids (University of California Press 2006)
- The Matrix (British Film Institute 2004)
- Madonna anno domini (Louisiana State University 1997)
- Tarnac, a preparatory act (editor and lead translator, poetry by Jean-Marie Gleize; Kenning 2014)
- 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:
- 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.