Jonathan  Berliner

Jonathan Berliner, PhD

Adjunct Faculty Member


Jonathan Berliner received his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He then served as the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California where he taught English and Humanities and with the anthropologist Tok Thompson began the USC Native American Studies workshop. He has since taught at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles Valley College, and Mount St. Mary's University where he received the Outstanding Instructor in Arts and Sciences award. Dr. Berliner's work has been published in leading academic journals and is widely cited by other scholars in American literary studies. His book William Faulkner and the Materials of Writing is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.


PhD University of Chicago 2008



William Faulkner and the Materials of Writing, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.


“From Ivory to Foolscap: Faulkner’s Romance of Writing Materials,” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70/71, no. 2, 2017/2018, pp. 135–146.

“Borrowed Books: Bodies and the Materials of Writing in The Sound and the Fury,” Faulkner Journal, vol. 30, no. 2, 2016, pp. 3–17.

“Hamlin Garland and the Landscapes of the American Populists,” American Literary Realism, vol. 47, no. 3, 2015, pp. 219–234.

“Barack Obama’s Landscapes: The Unfolding Road as Metaphor of American Unity,” Amerikastudien / American Studies, vol. 59, no. 1, 2014, pp. 99–112.

“Written in the Birch Bark: The Linguistic-Material Worldmaking of Simon Pokagon,” PMLA, vol. 125, no. 1, 2010, pp. 73–91.

“Jack London’s Socialistic Social Darwinism,” American Literary Realism, vol. 41, no. 1, 2008, pp. 52–78. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism, vol. 133, 2010, pp. 281–296.