Berman, Carolyn

Carolyn Berman

Carolyn  Berman
PhD, Comparative Literature, Brown University
Associate Professor of Literature, The New School for Public Engagement

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Areas of Expertise:
History of the novel, slavery in literature, Victorian literature and culture, and literature of the Atlantic world. 
Profile:
Carolyn Berman is a literary historian whose research concerns 18th- and 19th- century British, French, and American fiction as well as gender studies, postcolonial studies, and the history of the family. She is the author of Creole Crossings: Domestic Fiction and the Reform of Colonial Slavery. Ms. Berman’s articles on women writers, fairy tales, Victorian psychology, slave narratives, Victorian fiction, and performances of race and gender have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited scholarly volumes.

Ms. Berman’s current research deals with the interplay between the Victorian parliament and Victorian novelists’ depictions of and advocacy for “the people,” with an emphasis on Charles Dickens and the parliamentary publications of his time. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Representing the People: Dickens, Parliament, and the Popular Press.
Courses Taught:
  • Masters of Narrative: Dickens, Balzac, Poe
  • The Fairy Tale and Literature
  • American Abolitionist Literature
  • History of the Novel
  • The Book of the World: Interpretation in Freud, Kafka, Benjamin, and Derrida
  • Jane Austen and the Romantic-Era Novel
  • Caribbean Literature
Recent Publications:

Creole Crossings: Domestic Fiction and the Reform of Colonial Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2006)

Articles in Victorian Literature and Culture, Novel, Genre, Bernrdin ade SainPierre t-et l’océan indien (Garnier, 2011)

Just Below South: Intercultural Performances in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of Virginia Press, 2007)


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