Joshua W. Gidding
Associate Professor & Chair
Dept. of English
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
(o) (631) 244-3084
(h) (631) 470-3792
EDUCATION: 1988-94: Ph.D., English, University of Southern California. Major field of concentration: English Romantic Literature.
1986-88: M.A., English, University of Southern California.
1972-76: B.A., Classics (High Honors and General Academic Distinction), University of California, Berkeley.
1969-72: Classical Diploma (Honors), Phillips Exeter Academy.
DISSERTATION: “Byron After Wordsworth: Byron’s Poetic Relation to Wordsworth”. Identifies and interprets Byron’s poetic response to the poetry of Wordsworth. Directed by Peter J. Manning.
MANUSCRIPTS: 2007: Failure: An Autobiography (New York & London: Cyan Books, 2007)
“On Not Being Proust” (Agni [Boston University], forthcoming, Spring ’08)
“Naked” (under submission to The Missouri Review)
“Opera and Loneliness” (under submission to The Missouri Review)
“Lives of the Philosophers” (review of Autobiography as Philosophy [eds. Mathien & Wright, Routledge: London & New York, 2006], on www.mentalhelp.net)
2006: “On the Desire for Future Biographers” (paper devlivered at “Narrative Matters 2006” conference at Acadia University, Nova Scotia)
2003: “The Science, and Art, of Consciousness” (review of David Lodge’s Consciousness and the Novel: Connected Essays, published on www.mentalhelp.net).
“Telling It Like It Wasn’t” (review of James Olney’s Memory & Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing, published on www.mentalhelp.net).
2002: “HyperProust: The recherche as Hypertext”, in Proust in Perspective: Visions and Revisions, eds. Armine Kotin Mortimer and Katherine Kolb (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002), pp. 271-280.
The Bohemian Period (completed novel manuscript)
2001: “The Book of Life (and Vice Versa)” (review of recent works on and by Marcel Proust, published on www.mentalhelp.net).
Comments on Proust, Wordsworth and the novel in Partisan Review, vol. 68, no. 1 (Winter 2001)
2000: “Fathers and Sons in Mitteleuropa: Byron’s Werner, Kafka and Freud,” Byron East and West: Proceedings of the 24th International Byron Conference (Charles University, Prague: 2000), 201-211.
“Squeezing the Slave Out” (review of Truth Comes in Blows: A Memoir, by Ted Solotaroff), published on www.mentalhelp.net
“HyperProust: A la recherche as a HyperText” (paper delivered at “Proust 2000 Conference”, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign).
1998: “Byron’s Werner, Kafka and Freud: Fathers and Sons in Mitteleuropa, 1822-1924” (paper delivered at 24th Annual Byron Conference, Charles University, Prague).
1996: “ ‘The Thorn’ in Byron’s Side: Wordsworth and the Preface to Don Juan”, The Byron Journal 24 (1996), 52-58.
Annotations in British Literature: 1780-1830, eds. Richard E. Matlak and Anne K. Mellor (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich).
1995: “Byron, Wordsworth and the Future of Romantic Poetics” (paper delivered at NASSR Conference, University of Maryland).
“Wordsworth and the Difficulty of History” (paper delivered at the ACR conference, Marquette University).
1990: “First Snowfall” (short memoir), in Transitions: Exeter Remembered, 1961-1987.
1987: “The Passion of Dodo” (short story), in Crosscurrents.
1980: The Old Girl (novel; Holt, Rinehart and Winston).
APPEARANCES 2007: Sept. 24. Live radio interview about Failure: An Autobiography, with Larry Mantle, host of “Air Talk”, KPCC (Los Angeles)
Oct. 3. Reading from Failure: An Autobiography at Stony Brook University (Southampton campus), Long Island
(forthcoming) Nov. 2. Reading from Failure: An Autobiography at “Club 86”, New York City.
(forthcoming) Nov. 7. Reading from Failure: An Autobiography at “The Book Revue”, Huntington, Long Island
HONORS: 1993: Virginia V. Middleton Dissertation Grant, University of Southern California.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Thematic Option Honors Program, University of Southern California.
1986-89: University Merit Fellowship, University of Southern California.
1988: High Pass, MA Screening Exam, University of Southern California.
EXPERIENCE: 1997- Assistant and Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Dowling College. Courses taught include a range of Classical, Biblical, English, American, and World Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition.
1994-97: Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer, College of the Holy Cross. Courses taught included a range of English and World Literature, Creative Writing, Composition.
1989-93: Assistant Lecturer and Writing Instructor, Thematic Option Program (an interdisciplinary honors program in the Humanties), University of Southern California. Courses taught included a range of Classical, Biblical, English and World Literature, and Composition.
INTERESTS: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, European and American literature; Medieval European literature; Classical and Biblical literature; autobiography; Creative Writing; Writing with Computers; Literature and Education; Literature and Philosophy; Textual and Narrative Theory; Hypertext.
TEACHING: From 1990 to 1992 I tutored inner-city children, young adults and adults in East L.A. in English-language reading and writing, and in word-processing. From 1992-94 I volunteered as a writing tutor in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a community-outreach program run by the University of Southern California, aimed at preparing inner-city junior-high and high-school students for entrance to college.
EXPERIENCE: Before entering graduate school, I worked for five and a half years (1981-86) as a Story Analyst (or “reader”) at Warner Brothers Pictures. After entering graduate school, I continued working as a Story Analyst at MGM (1987, 1993-94), Columbia Pictures (1988), and Paramount Pictures (1989).
LANGUAGES: Speaking and reading knowledge of French and Italian; reading knowledge of Latin and Greek; some knowledge of Sanskrit.
MEMBERSHIPS: Modern Language Association
New York State United Teachers (Dowling College Chapter)
REFERENCES: Dr. Linda Ardito, Provost, Dowling College.
Dr. Andrew Karp, Professor, English Dept., Dowling College
Dr. Peter Manning, Chair, English Dept., SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Susan Rosenstreich, Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature, Dowling College
Prof. Scott Roulier, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Lyon College
Prof. James Tate, Professor, English Dept., Dowling College