Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies


Beverly Haviland (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1982, ) is Visiting Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in American Studies. She works in American literature and film, cultural history, trauma studies, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic theory.

Beverly Haviland is the author of Henry James's Last Romance: Making Sense of the Past and the American Scene and essays on various literary and cultural topics, including two that have won prizes as the best article of the year in the journals in which they were published: one treats Bret Easton Ellis as a novelist of manners and the other is on the accusation of plagiarism that ended Nella Larsen's brilliant and brief career. Her current research is on the representation of childhood sexual abuse in literature.

Prof. Haviland is also preparing the critical edition of Henry James's unfinished novel, The Sense of the Past, which will be one volume of thirty-four in the Complete Fiction of Henry James being published by Cambridge University Press. 

In 2003-2004 Haviland was a Faculty Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women in a seminar whose topic was "Shame."

In the fall of 2015, she was invited by the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis to offer a seminar on "Trauma and Shame: Literature and Psychoanalysis" to clinicians and literary scholars.

Before coming to Brown, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at SUNY Stony Brook and an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Vassar College.

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