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 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and the coauthor, with Richard Santana, of Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred (McFarland, 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.
Teaching and Research Interests
20th-century American and European literature; James Joyce; religion and literature; 20th-century music; music and literature; postmodernism; cultural studies; television studies
Professor Erickson received a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 2009 to recognize educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.
Professor Erickson's article: “Arius and the Vampire: Figures of Heresy and Disruption in James Joyce’s Ulysses” appeared in in Religion and the Arts 20 (2016).
Professor Erickson presented the paper “Alternate Reformations: Finnegans Wake and Religious Iconoclasm” at the International James Joyce Symposium, which was held in London, UK, in June 2016.
Professor Erickson presented the paper “Questioning Body and Blood in True Blood and The Leftovers: HBO and the Heretical Imperative” the 2016 International Society of Heresy Studies conference, which was held in New York, New York, in June 2016.
Professor Erickson presented the paper “New Paradigms of Academic Writing: Fan/Critic/Student/Academic” at the Fan Studies Network conference, which was held in Norwich, UK, in June 2016.
Professor Erickson presented “‘The Time Lord’s Body is a Miracle’: Exploring Religious Spaces in Doctor Who” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, which was held in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016.