Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2000
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 1993
B.A., College of Letters, Wesleyan University, 1990
Associate Professor of Literature / Co-Chair, Dept. of Literary StudiesProfile:
In my teaching and research, I examine the power of literature as well as its deployment in social and political reform movements. My writing focuses on Victorian authors, French travelers, and American sentimental fiction as well as contemporary fiction, Victorian psychology, slave narratives, and the performance of race and gender (both onstage and off).
My current book project, tentatively entitled “Dickens and Parliament: Representing the People,” explores the interplay between efforts to depict, solicit, and advocate for "the people" in the Victorian novel and the Victorian parliament, with an emphasis on Charles Dickens and the parliamentary publications of his time.
- 18th Century British Fiction
- American Literature and the Abolition of Slavery
- Victorian Literature
- Dickens and the Law
- The Brontës
- The Fairy Tale and Literature
- Confessional Writing: Fiction and Autobiography
- Creole Crossings: Domestic Fiction and the Reform of Colonial Slavery. (Cornell University Press, 2006)
- "On the Reform Act of 1832." BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. 2013.
- Review of Marie-Françoise Bosquet and Chantale Meure, Ed., Le Féminin en Orient et en Occident, du Moyen Âge à nos jours: Mythes et réalités (Saint-Étienne: Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, 2011), Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.1 (October 2013): 156-158.
- Review essay on Andrew S. Curran, The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011), H-France Forum 7.4 (Fall 2012): 29-33.
- “Créoles de l’île de France: L’éducation sentimentale de Paul et Virginie.” Bernardin de Saint-Pierre et l’océan indien. Ed. Jean-Michel Racault, Chantale Meure, and Angélique Gigan. Paris: Garnier, 2011.
- Review of Carolyn Betensky, Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel (U of Virginia P, 2010), Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 57-59 (February-May 2010): n. pag. 2 pages.
- “‘Awful Unknown Quantities’: Addressing the Readers in Hard Times.” Victorian Literature and Culture 37.2 (September 2009): 561-82.
- “The Known World in World Literature: Bakhtin, Glissant, and Edward P. Jones.” Theories of the Novel Now, Part 1. Ed. Nancy Armstrong. Spec. issue of Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer 2009): 231-38.
- Review essay on Christopher Miller, The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (Duke UP, 2008), H-France Forum 3.3 (Summer 2008): 62-66.
- “Impersonating the Creole: The American Family and its Lines of Flight.”Just Below South: Intercultural Performances in the Caribbean and the Southern United States. Edited by Jessica Adams, Michael P. Bibler, and Cécile Accilien. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007. 25-48.
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal ArtsPhone Number/Extension:
64 West 11th Street (Lang Annex), Room 113
New York, NY 10011
212.229.5100 x2994Email:BermanC@newschool.eduResearch Interests:
- Victorian Literature and Culture
- History of the Novel
- Gender Studies
- Post/Colonial Studies
- Transatlantic Literature
- Slavery in Literature
- Modern Language Association
- North American Victorian Studies Association
- Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Contexts
- Society for Novel Studies
- “Testimony: Hearing Voices in Parliamentary Publications.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, October 2013.
- “Bleak House and the Mirror of Parliament.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, September 2012.
- “Sensation after Emancipation: Slavery in All the Year Round.” Research Society in Victorian Periodicals Conference, September 2012.
- “Victorian Twitter.” Conference hosted by the Dickens Project on “Victorian Futures.” University of California at Santa Cruz, July 2011.
- “The Moral Limits of Trade and the Petroleum Frontier.” Panel on “The Oil Spill.” Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, October 2010. (Posted on YouTube.)
- “Créoles de l’île de France: L’éducation sentimentale de Paul et Virginie.” Bernardin de Saint-Pierre et l’Océan Indien, International Colloquium organized by Professor Jean-Michel Racault for the Centre de Recherches Littéraires et Historiques de l’océan Indien (CRLHOI), Université de la Réunion, Île de la Réunion, November-December 2009. (Published on CD.)