I am currently an Assistant Professor of English
at Portland State University. I research and teach classes in 20th-century Anglophone modernism, critical theory, sound studies, film, musicology, and adaptation studies. After receiving my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, I served as an academic adviser, as an ACLS Fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
My first book, Sublime Noise: Musical Culture and the Modernist Writer
, explores the relationships among modernist literature, music, noise, and aural culture. I have published in Textual Practice
, James Joyce Quarterly
, Modern Drama
, Studies in the Novel
, Victorian Literature and Culture
, and The New Ezra Pound Studies
(CUP, ed. Mark Byron). I present regularly at the Modernist Studies Association conference.
I am currently at work on a new project about the documentary filmmaker and amateur anthropologist Humphrey Jennings, focusing on how Jennings’s filmic, literary, and anthropological work addresses the media ecology and material culture of post-WWII Britain, producing newly textured ways of reading and narrating citizenship.
At PSU I teach a range of classes, including undergraduate and graduate modernism courses; general education courses on modern British lit, race and melodrama, film history, and critical film theory; major authors courses on James, Conrad, and Joyce; and advanced topics courses on aesthetic and cultural theories of failure. Further information and selected syllabuses (yes, “syllabuses”) can be found on my personal webpage, http://joshepstein.net