(About) Me

A graduate student in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley, I am the father of three brilliant and beautiful children- Oli, 13; Ephraim, 9; and Seva, 5.

I teach literature, composition and writing on a wide range of subjects including 20th century American and British Literature, Race & Ethnicity in American film, Children’s Literature, Chicana/o & Latina/o Literature, and The Victorian Period.

My primary research interests involve a political critique of genre that focuses on Fantastic Literature, with a particular focus on young Children’s Literature.

My work on Children’s Literature has focused on mid-20th century young children’s literature, specifically Margaret Wise Brown and the “Here and Now” movement. I have written and presented on the uncanny, signification, myth, virtuality, and unconscious phantasy in Goodnight Moon and Little Fur Family.

I have also laid the groundwork for my critique of genre in an article for The Los Angeles Review of Books, entitled “Toward a New Fantastic: Stop Calling Science Fiction Science Fiction.”

I have also been self-publishing ‘zines- thus far primarily collections of original poetry- under the moniker #JAA since 2014.

If you’d like to contact me, you can do so at joshuaanderson@berkeley.edu.





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