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Gladstone, Jason Daniel Instructor


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research overview

  • Jason Gladstone’s research and teaching focus on the interrelations of American literature, environments, and media—primarily in the post-1945 period. He is completing the manuscript for his first book, Lines in the Dirt: American Postmodernism and The Failure of Technology, which focuses on a set of postwar works of American literature, visual art, and critical theory.


  • Literature and Environment, Literature and Media, American Literature, Post-1945 American Literature Art and Film, Nineteenth- Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American Literature and Culture, Literary Aesthetic and Media Theory



courses taught

  • ENGL 1230 - Environmental Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces students to the tradition of nature writing dating from Romanticism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Students will study key terms and concepts related to the environment such as anthropocentrism, bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental justice, deep ecology, and posthumanism. They will apply them to different literary genres toward developing critical analyses and environmental readings.
  • ENGL 1240 - Planetarity
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Focuses of post-WWII American writing and thought about the planet and humanity. We explore how postwar efforts to transform the terrestrial environmental and conquer outer space raise questions about humanity, technology, and nature. We also study how earth and space serve novelists, artists, and film-makers as environments to confront large-scale questions about culture, identity, and power.
  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to a wide range of critical theories that English majors need to know. Covers major movements in modern literary/critical theory, from Matthew Arnold through new criticism to contemporary postmodern frameworks. Required for all English majors.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.

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