Harry Berger Jr.

Harry Berger Jr.

Fellow: Awarded 1959
Field of Study: English Literature

Competition: US & Canada

Yale University

Harry Berger Jr. is Professor Emeritus in Literature and Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author, most recently, of Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief: Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” and other Dutch Group Portraits (Fordham UP, 2007), he is currently preparing four books for publication: Resisting Allegory: Interpretive Delirium in Spenser’s 1590 Faerie Queene, Caterpillage: Reflections on 17th Century Dutch Still Life Painting, A Fury in the Words: Love and Death in Shakespeare’s Venice, and The Perils of Aischropolis: Structural Misanthropology in Plato’s Republic.

A kind of Festschrift, A Touch More Rare: Harry Berger, Jr. and the Art of Interpretation was published by Fordham University Press in 2009. Edited by Nina Levine and David Lee Miller, the volume’s nineteen essays honor Mr. Berger’s very influential contributions to literary and cultural criticism.

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