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Gwen Bergner

Gwen Bergner

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 1997 Princeton

Office: 239 ColsonHall
Tel: 293-9705
Fax: 293-5380
Curriculum Vitae


  • African-American Literature
  • Feminist Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Psychoanalytic Theory

Selected Publications


  • Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

Representative Articles:

  • “Nationalism, Feminism, and the War in Afghanistan: Media (Un)Coverage of Afghan Women,” Globalizing Afghanistan: Terrorism, War, and the Rhetoric of Nation Building, ed. David Jefferess and Zubeda Jalalzai, Duke UP (forthcoming, 2010).
  • “Black Children, White Preference: Brown v. Board, the Doll Tests, and the Politics of Self-Esteem” American Quarterly 61.2 (June 2009): 299-332
  • “Politics and Pathologies,” Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, ed. A. Allessandrini, Routledge, 1999.
  • “Myths of the Masculine Subject: Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Douglass’s 1845 Narrative,” The Psychoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane, Columbia UP, 1998.
  • “Who is that Masked Women? Or, the Role of Gender in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks,” PMLA 110.1 (1995): 75-88.
  • Work in Progress: Legal Tender: Tales of Law, Justice, and Civic Authority.

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

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April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair