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Gregory Erickson

Gregory Erickson

Clinical Associate Professor
B.M. Music, University of Minnesota, 1994
M.A. English, CUNY Hunter College, 1996
Ph.D. English, CUNY Graduate Center, 2004

Gregory Erickson has taught at the Gallatin School since 2004, specializing in courses on modern literature, popular culture, religion, and music including “Writing Twentieth-Century Music and Culture;” “Beyond Language: The Surreal, the Mystical, and the Monstrous;” and “Contexts of Musical Meaning.” He is the author of The Absence of God in Modernist Literature, published in 2007, and the coauthor of Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred, published in 2008. He has also published in journals such as the Henry James Review and the Journal of Popular Music Studies and in several scholarly collections of essays on television. Erickson is trained as a literary scholar and as a classical musician and performs regularly with professional orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is currently working on a book on heresy and the modern literary imagination.


Read a recent feature on Erickson and two students from his Contexts of Musical Meaning course on how the course has developed and highlights from the students' perspectives.

Professor Gregory Erickson was the organizer and leader of the seminar: Modernism and Religion: New Theoretical Approaches at the Modernist Studies Conference in Pittsburgh, November 6, 2014. Professor Erickson was awarded a grant to participate in a faculty seminar this spring on the “Afterlife of the Reformation” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Professor Erickson read his paper “Christian Heresy and Counter Narratives of Religion and Literature: Joyce, Žižek, Taylor” at the European Association for the Study of Religion Conference at Liverpool Hope University in September 2013. In August 2013, he presented his paper “A ‘Shout in the Street’: Music, Heresy, and the Anxiety of Divine Creation in Joyce and Schoenberg” at the 15th annual Modernist Studies Association conference at the University of Sussex. He will present his paper “Constructing History, Heresy, and the Sacred in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and the Book of Mormon” at the 2014 AAR Eastern International Regional Conference, organized by the American Academy of Religion, which will take place May 2-4, 2014 at Syracuse University. Erickson’s “Old Heresies and Future Paradigms: Joss Whedon on Body and Soul” was included in The Joss Whedon Reader (Syracuse University Press, 2014).  

Professor Erickson received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to participate in a faculty seminar on “Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200–1600” in York, England, for the summer of 2014. Gregory Erickson, along with Bernard Schweizer, organized the International Society for Heresy Studies’s inaugural conference on the topic of heresy and/in literature, held at Gallatin May 30-31, 2014.  


Contact Information

Gregory Erickson

Clinical Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 417
(212) 992-7767
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Office Hours
Tuesday 10-11, 2-3
Wednesday (10-12 by appt)
Thursday 10-11


2015 Spring

Reading and Thinking about David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
Tue,Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Reading, Performing, and Creating James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
Tue,Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

2014 Winter

Contexts of Musical Meaning: What and How Does Music Mean?
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

2014 Spring

James Joyce and Interdisciplinary Modernism
Tue,Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Third Year Symposium
Tue 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

20th-century American and European literature; James Joyce; religion and literature; 20th-century music; music and literature; postmodernism; cultural studies; television studies

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