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Joel Burges

  • Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

PhD, Stanford University

413 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2694


  • ENGL 118:  Introduction to Media Studies
  • ENGL 244/444:  Back to the Future: Alternative Modernities from the Victorian Novel to the Culture of Steampunk
  • ENGL 260/460:  Film History, 1989-Present
  • ENGL 263/463:  Poetics of Television
  • ENGL 263/463:  Clocks and Computers: Visualizing Cultural Time
  • ENGL 267/467:  Animation and the Arts
  • ENGL 380:  Politics of Television
  • ENGL 539:  Marxism and Forms
  • ENGL 552:  Critical Theory/Media Theory
  • ENGL 555:  What is Contemporary Cinema?

Selected Publications


  • Out of Sync & Out of Work: History and the Obsolescence of Labor in Contemporary Culture, Rutgers UP, 2018 
  • Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited with Amy J. Elias, NYU Press, 2016
  • Literature after TV (in progress)

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • "Time Studies Today," with Amy J. Elias, introduction to Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "Obsolescence/Innovation," in Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "The Television and the Teapot: Obsolescence, All That Heaven Allows, and a Sense of Historical Time in Contemporary Life," in Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, ed. Gillian Pye, Peter Lang 2010

Essays in Journals

Other Publications

  • As a contributor to Arcade ( "Nostalgia, Mourning, Disappearance" (November 2011), "Cinematic Obsolescence: A Parallax View on the Digital Transition" (November 2010), "After the Revolution, or, The Embarrassment of Theory?" (May 2010), "Natalie Merchant's Resonant History Lesson" (May 2010) 

Selected Awards/Grants

  • External Faculty Fellowship, the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College, 2014-2015
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-11
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2007-09
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-04
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Stanford University, 1999-2003
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998-99
  • Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for the Best Senior Essay in American Studies, American Studies Program, Yale University, 1997