Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1980 from Yale University
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: British and European Romanticism; critical theory; comparative poetry and poetics; autobiography; literature and psychoanalysis; gender studies; literature and philosophy
Joshua Wilner received his A.B. in French Literature from Cornell University in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1980 from Yale University, where he worked in particular with Paul de Man and Geoffrey Hartman. After teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1981 to 1985, he joined in 1985 the English Department of City College where he also directs their undergraduate program in Comparative Literature, and was appointed to the Graduate Center faculty (English and Comparative Literature) in 2000. His book Feeding on Infinity: Readings in the Romantic Rhetoric of Internalization (Hopkins, 2000) was the recipient of the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the year's best work in Romantic Studies and his essays have appeared in various journals and collections (most recently, "Wordsworth's Cliff-hanger" in Romantic Autobiography in England [Ashgate, 2009]). He is a former President of the International Conference on Romanticism, and currently co-editor of Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism. His main areas of interest are Romanticism (especially Romantic poetry and autobiography) and critical theory. His critical approach is informed by deconstruction, psychoanalysis, queer studies (particularly the work of Eve Sedgwick) and ordinary language philosophy, above all the work of Wittgenstein and Cavell. Current projects include Wordsworth and Mandelbrot of the Coast of Britain: Romantic Poetics and the Fractal Geometry of Nature and Thinking in Pieces: Pascal, Dickinson, Wittgenstein.