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Jonathan GoldbergArts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus


Jonathan Goldberg joined the Emory faculty in fall 2006 as Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor. He previously taught at The Johns Hopkins University, where he was Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature; he also has held positions at Temple, Brown, and Duke Universities.

English Renaissance literature is the focus of many of the books he has published which explore that field by asking theoretical, materialist, and historicist questions, paying particular attention to questions of race, gender, and sexuality. They include& Endlesse Worke (1981), James I and the Politics of Literature (1983), Writing Matter (1990), Sodometries (1992), Tempest in the Caribbean (2004), and The Seeds of Things (2009).

He is also the author of a book on Willa Cather, editor of Milton and of the anthologies Queering the Renaissance (1994) and Reclaiming Sodom (1994). He edited Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's posthumous The Weather in Proust (2011). He published a monograph for Arsenal Pulp’s Queer Film Classics series on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train in 2012.

He is co-editor of This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature, which appeared in 2016, as did Melodrama: An Aesthetics of Impossibility, a book about films by Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alfred Hitchcock and Todd Haynes and fiction by Patricia Highsmith and Willa Cather. 

Saint Marks: Words, Images, and What Persists (2019) was published by Fordham University Press in December 2018. The monograph Sappho ]fragments was published by Punctum Books on December 31, 2018.

In April 2021 Punctum published Come As You Are, After Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.


  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Columbia University