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Professor Josh Cohen

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PositionProfessor of Modern Literary Theory
Email j.cohen (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7445
Professor Josh Cohen

BA (Hons.) in English, University of Birmingham; MA in American Cultural Studies, University of Exeter; DPhil in American Literature, University of Sussex; Appointed to Goldsmiths in 1996.

Teaching

Convenor, Pathway in Modern Literary Theory for MA in Comparative Literary Studies. I teach options for the MA on Literature and Philosophy and Freud.

Areas of supervision

Current areas of PhD supervision:

  • The figure of the child in the work of Maurice Blanchot
  • The idea of the posthumous in modern and contemporary literature
  • Kafka and Language Mysticism
  • Drawing and unconscious knowledge
  • Paul Auster and philosophies of solitude
  • ‘Parafiction’ in contemporary art and literature
  • ‘Phantom limbs’ in psychoanalysis and literature
  • Poetry and inspiration (joint supervision)
  • Realism and the short story (joint supervision)

I have supervised 11 PhDs to successful completion in the areas of American Literature, Literary Theory, Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Writing.

I have been Internal or External Examiner for 23 PhD theses.

Research Interests

My key interests are in psychoanalysis (I am a practising clinician as well as an academic), literature and philosophy (especially Blanchot, Adorno and Benjamin), and American literature since the mid-nineteenth century (especially Melville, James, Stevens and contemporary fiction), and much of my work is at the interface of these areas. My most recent book, The Private Life, addressed issues of privacy in psychoanalysis, literature and contemporary culture.

I’m currently working on a book on the place of inertia and lassitude in the history of culture and ideas. 

 

Publications

Book

The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark
Cohen, Josh. 2014. The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark. Granta Books . ISBN 978-1847085306

Roth's Doubles
Cohen, Josh. 2007. Roth's Doubles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521864305

How to Read Freud
Cohen, Josh. 2005. How to Read Freud. Granta Books . ISBN 978-1862077638

Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy
Cohen, Josh. 2003. Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy. Continuum. ISBN 9780826455512

Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy
Cohen, Josh. 2003. Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy. London and New York: Continnuum-3PL . ISBN 978-0826455512

Unfolding: Reading after Romanticism
Cohen, Josh. 2002. Unfolding: Reading after Romanticism. Continuum. ISBN 0826460216

Spectacular Allegories: Postmodern American Writing and the Politics of Seeing
Cohen, Josh. 1998. Spectacular Allegories: Postmodern American Writing and the Politics of Seeing. London: Pluto Press . ISBN 978-0745312071

Book Section

Psychoanalytic Bodies: Psychic and “Actual” Bodies in Modern Literature
Cohen, Josh. 2015. Psychoanalytic Bodies: Psychic and “Actual” Bodies in Modern Literature. In: David Hillman and Ulrika Maude, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , pp. 214-229. ISBN 978-1107644397

Bruce Nauman, Jean Laplanche and the Art of Helplessness
Cohen, Josh. 2014. Bruce Nauman, Jean Laplanche and the Art of Helplessness. In: John Fletcher and Nicholas Ray, eds. Seductions and Enigmas: Laplanche, Theory, Culture. London: Lawrence & Wishart Ltd , pp. 326-343. ISBN 978-1909831087

'The Strange Unlike' : Wallace Stevens' Poetics of Resemblance
Cohen, Josh. 2008. 'The Strange Unlike' : Wallace Stevens' Poetics of Resemblance. In: Bart Eeckhout and Edward Ragg, eds. Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 107-118. ISBN 9780230535848

Roth's Doubles
Cohen, Josh. 2007. Roth's Doubles. In: T. Parrish, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth. Cambridge University Press, pp. 82-93. ISBN 9780521864305

‘“I-Not-I”: Narcissism Beyond the One and the Other’
Cohen, Josh. 2007. ‘“I-Not-I”: Narcissism Beyond the One and the Other’. In: Anastasios Gaitanides and Polona Curk, eds. Narcissism: A Critical Reader. London: Karnac Books, pp. 31-46. ISBN 978-1855754539

‘No Matter: Aesthetic Theory and the Self-Annihilating Artwork’
Cohen, Josh. 2006. ‘No Matter: Aesthetic Theory and the Self-Annihilating Artwork’. In: D Rudrum, ed. Literature and Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

‘Post-Holocaust Philosophy’
Cohen, Josh. 2006. ‘Post-Holocaust Philosophy’. In: Dan Stone, ed. The Historiography of the Holocaust. Palgrave Schol, pp. 469-483. ISBN 978-1403999276

Unfolding: Reading after Romanticism
Cohen, Josh. 2002. Unfolding: Reading after Romanticism. In: Beatrice Hanssen and Andrew Benjamin, eds. Walter Benjamin and Romanticism. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 98-108. ISBN 0826460216

‘Dialectic of Entanglement: Adorno, Auschwitz and the Contradictions of Representation’
Cohen, Josh. 2001. ‘Dialectic of Entanglement: Adorno, Auschwitz and the Contradictions of Representation’. In: Holger Briel and Andreas Kramer , eds. In Practice: Adorno, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Berg: Peter Lang, pp. 15-29. ISBN 978-3906766850

The Holocaust and Representation: Three Philosophical Perspectives
Cohen, Josh. 1998. The Holocaust and Representation: Three Philosophical Perspectives. In: V Viklund, ed. Bilden av Förintelsen. Stockholm: Swedish Film Institute, pp. 47-58.

‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’
Cohen, Josh. 1998. ‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’. In: Peter Messent, ed. Criminal Proceedings: The Contemporary American Crime Novel. London: Pluto Press, pp. 160-178. ISBN 978-0745310169

Article

The Trouble You Reported
Cohen, Josh. 2014. The Trouble You Reported. The Times Literary Supplement,

‘Private Parts: Writers and the Battle for Our Inner Lives’
Cohen, Josh. 2014. ‘Private Parts: Writers and the Battle for Our Inner Lives’. New Statesman,

‘“No room for truth”: On the Precariousness of Life and Narrative in The Last of the Just’
Cohen, Josh. 2014. ‘“No room for truth”: On the Precariousness of Life and Narrative in The Last of the Just’. European Judaism , 47(1), pp. 15-25. ISSN 0014-3006

Reflexive Incomprehension: On Lydia Davis
Cohen, Josh. 2010. Reflexive Incomprehension: On Lydia Davis. Textual Practice, 24(3), pp. 501-516. ISSN 0950-236X

Amnesiac Passages : Melville’s Pierre, Blanchot and the Question of Psychoanalytic Reading
Cohen, Josh. 2010. Amnesiac Passages : Melville’s Pierre, Blanchot and the Question of Psychoanalytic Reading. Synthesis, 2, pp. 17-28. ISSN 1791-5155

The Strangeness in the Strangeness
Cohen, Josh. 2008. The Strangeness in the Strangeness. Static, 7, p. 1. ISSN 1754-5374

Review of M. Jay and T. Brennan (eds.), Vision in Context
Cohen, Josh. 2008. Review of M. Jay and T. Brennan (eds.), Vision in Context. Textual Practice , 12(2), pp. 349-421. ISSN 0950-236X

Aesthetic Theory, Psychoanalysis and the Ironic End of Art
Cohen, Josh. 2005. Aesthetic Theory, Psychoanalysis and the Ironic End of Art. Parallax, 11(4), pp. 71-80. ISSN 13534645

RELIGION AGAINST POLITICS: Versions of the State in modern Jewish thought
Cohen, Josh. 2002. RELIGION AGAINST POLITICS: Versions of the State in modern Jewish thought. Jewish Quarterly, 49(4), pp. 23-28. ISSN 0449-010X

‘“A Different Insignificance”: The Poet and the Witness in Agamben’
Cohen, Josh. 2002. ‘“A Different Insignificance”: The Poet and the Witness in Agamben’. Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory , 25(2), pp. 36-51. ISSN 0264-8334

‘Philosophy and the Holocaust: Representing, Remembering, Thinking’
Cohen, Josh. 2002. ‘Philosophy and the Holocaust: Representing, Remembering, Thinking’. Jewish Quarterly, 49(3), pp. 73-74. ISSN 0449-010X

Review of Andrew Benjamin, Philosophy’s Literature
Cohen, Josh. 2002. Review of Andrew Benjamin, Philosophy’s Literature. Textual Practice, 16, ISSN 0950-236X

Desertions: Paul Auster, Edmond Jabès and the Writing of Auschwitz
Cohen, Josh. 2001. Desertions: Paul Auster, Edmond Jabès and the Writing of Auschwitz. M/MLA Journal, 33(3), pp. 92-105.

Review essay on Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer and Remnants of Auschwitz
Cohen, Josh. 2001. Review essay on Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer and Remnants of Auschwitz. Textual Practice, 15, ISSN 0950-236X

‘“Disgrace of Revelation”: I.B. Singer’s Holocaust Impiety’
Cohen, Josh. 1998. ‘“Disgrace of Revelation”: I.B. Singer’s Holocaust Impiety’. Textual Practice , 12(3), pp. 443-457. ISSN 0950-236X

‘Phenomenologies of Mourning: Gillian Rose and Walter Benjamin’
Cohen, Josh. 1998. ‘Phenomenologies of Mourning: Gillian Rose and Walter Benjamin’. Women: A Cultural Review , 9(1), pp. 47-61. ISSN 0957-4042

‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’
Cohen, Josh. 1996. ‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’. Women: A Cultural Review , 7(1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 0957-4042

‘The Look of the Sight Machine: Robert Coover and the Question of Cinematic Vision’
Cohen, Josh. 1994. ‘The Look of the Sight Machine: Robert Coover and the Question of Cinematic Vision’. Diatribe, 95(4), pp. 12-21. ISSN 1352-4828

‘Paris, Texas’ - Review of Jean-Philippe Mathy, Extrême-Occident: French Intellectuals and America
Cohen, Josh. 1994. ‘Paris, Texas’ - Review of Jean-Philippe Mathy, Extrême-Occident: French Intellectuals and America. New Formations , 24,

‘Film, Postmodernity, Systems in Don DeLillo’s White Noise’
Cohen, Josh. 1993. ‘Film, Postmodernity, Systems in Don DeLillo’s White Noise’. Over Here: A European Journal of American Culture , 13(1), pp. 115-124.

‘Joan Didion, Los Angeles and the Opacity of Urban Spectacle’
Cohen, Josh. ‘Joan Didion, Los Angeles and the Opacity of Urban Spectacle’. Over Here: A European Journal of American Culture , 16(1), pp. 18-29.