Faculty Profile

Benjamin Ogden

TEACHING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Email: bogden@stevens.edu
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  CAL 103 / CAL 105
Education

Ph.D. English Literature, Rutgers University (2013)
M.A. English Literature, Rutgers University (2008)
B.A. New York University: Highest Honors in Literature (2004)

Research

Twentieth century fiction, South African literature and politics, global literature, stylistics, and psychoanalysis.

Professional Societies

Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
The Coetzee Collective, University of Cape Town
The Philip Roth Society

Grants, Contracts & Funds
  • Edward Kassakian Grant, Graduate Program in English, Rutgers University, January 2013.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, Summer 2012. Conducted archival research on J.M. Coetzee in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2006-2012.
  • Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Competitive Summer Research Grant, 2011. Conducted archival research, interviewed J.M. Coetzee, and attended a conference on Samuel Beckett at University of York. Presented at a conference on J.M. Coetzee at the University of Leeds, June 28 2011.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2011. Conducted research in Grahamstown, South Africa at the National English Literary Museum.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2009. Conducted research on the Rwandan genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Rutgers University Pre-Dissertation Travel Award (2009). Conducted research in Arusha, Tanzania (see above).
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2008. Conducted archival research on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Rutgers University Special Study Award, 2008 ($2000). Conducted research in South Africa (see above).
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Rutgers University 2006-2007.
  • Spencer L. Eddy Prize (Honorable Mention). For the best literary essay accepted for publication: “The Coming into Being of Literature: How J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year Thinks Through the Novel.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Fall 2010 43 (3): 466-482.
  • Edward Kassakian Grant, Graduate Program in English, Rutgers University, January 2013.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, Summer 2012. Conducted archival research on J.M. Coetzee in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2006-2012.
  • Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Competitive Summer Research Grant, 2011. Conducted archival research, interviewed J.M. Coetzee, and attended a conference on Samuel Beckett at University of York. Presented at a conference on J.M. Coetzee at the University of Leeds, June 28 2011.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2011. Conducted research in Grahamstown, South Africa at the National English Literary Museum.
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2009. Conducted research on the Rwandan genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Rutgers University Pre-Dissertation Travel Award (2009). Conducted research in Arusha, Tanzania (see above).
  • Mellon Foundation Departmental Research Grant, Rutgers English Department, 2008. Conducted archival research on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Rutgers University Special Study Award, 2008 ($2000). Conducted research in South Africa (see above).
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Rutgers University 2006-2007.
  • Spencer L. Eddy Prize (Honorable Mention). For the best literary essay accepted for publication: “The Coming into Being of Literature: How J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year Thinks Through the Novel.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Fall 2010 43 (3): 466-482.
Selected Publications
Presentation/Meeting
  1. Benjamin Ogden. (Dec 2014). Invited Lecturer for a Scientific Meeting at the San Francisco Institute of Psychoanalysis. Talk to be on a new model of the mind, drawing from literature and psychoanalysis.
  2. Benjamin Ogden. (Dec 13, 2013). "Rethinking Literature and the Gospels of Psychoanalysis", Invited speaker at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Asked to present at their Friday seminar on the relationship between literature and psychoanalysis.
  3. Benjamin Ogden. (Mar 20, 2011). "The Coming into Being of Literature in J.M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year", Presented to the Coetzee Collective and the Literature Department of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Benjamin Ogden. (Apr 4, 2014). "Truths Revealed and Secrets Kept: J.M. Coetzee and his Biographer", "Is the Biographer an Artist?" Northeast Modern Language Association. To be presented.
  2. Benjamin Ogden. (Jun 28, 2011). "Into the Archive: J.M. Coetzee and his Precursors", University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Conference was organized around several round table discussions on J.M. Coetzee and his influences.
  3. Benjamin Ogden. (Mar 18, 2013). "What the Publication of Biographies Will Mean to the Reputation and Writing of Philip Roth and J.M. Coetzee", Roth@80 Conference in Newark, New Jersey.
Journals
  1. Benjamin Ogden. "Replenishing the Stores of Mystery: On J.M. Coetzee Lately", Yale Review, Under Review.
  2. Benjamin Ogden. (2014). "Quantum Criticism: A Poetics of Simultaneity for Global Literature", Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (Forthcoming).
  3. Benjamin Ogden. (2008). "Rethinking Rider's Love: The Less-Romantic Logic of Property and Space in 'Pantaloon in Black'", Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture.
  4. Benjamin Ogden. (Apr 2009). "What Philosophy Can't Say About Literature: Stanley Cavell and Endgame", Philosophy and Literature.
  5. Benjamin Ogden. (2010). "How Lars von Trier Sees the World: Postmodernism and Globalization in The Five Obstructions", Quarterly Review of Film and Video.
  6. Benjamin Ogden. (2010). "The Coming into Being of Literature: How J.M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year Thinks Through the Novel", NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.
  7. Benjamin Ogden. (2012). "Reconcile, Reconciled: A New Reading of Reconciliation in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace", Ariel: A Review of International English Literature.
  8. Benjamin Ogden. (2012). "Formal Antagonisms: How Philip Roth Writes Nathan Zuckerman", Studies in American Fiction.
  9. Benjamin Ogden and T. Ogden. (Oct 2012). "How the Analyst Thinks as Clinician and Literary Reader", Psychoanalytic Perspectives.
  10. Benjamin Ogden and T. Ogden. (2013). "What is Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism?", fort da: The Journal of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
  11. Benjamin Ogden. (May 2013). "The Palimpsest of Process and the Search for Truth in South Africa: How Phaswane Mpe Wrote Welcome to Our Hillbrow.", Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies.
Books
  1. Benjamin Ogden and T. Ogden. (Apr 2013). The Analyst's Ear and the Critic's Eye: Rethinking Psychoanalysis and Literature, Routledge Press.
Courses
  • CAL 103 Writing And Communications Colloquium
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture