Goldberg, Shari

Assistant Professor

Office:  JO 3.924

Web Site: http://sharigoldberg.com/main/

Areas of Specialization:  Nineteenth-century American literature, early American literature, critical theory.

Education: BA Cum Laude, Vassar College, 1999
PhD, State University of New York at Albany, 2009

Shari Goldberg studies early and nineteenth-century American literature and critical theory. She focuses on how conceptions of self, speech, and meaning have evolved in American contexts.

Her book, Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature, was published in 2013 by Fordham University Press. It argues that the conceptions of testimony familiar to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and Henry James have largely been lost to today's readers, yet deserve to be revisited and reinvoked. Preceding psychoanalysis and semiology, these writers could conceive testimony without representation, without identity, without voice, and without life, respectively. They thereby provide provocative and incisive approaches to key problems of critical theory and human rights discourse, such as how narrative may be preserved in spite of trauma, and what constitutes a text that effectively shifts its readers ethical obligations.

She is currently at work on a new book project, which tracks how an American investment in literal meaning evolved from Cotton Mather to Charles Peirce. She is also planning a major study of Henry James's literary thinking, focused on his signature phrases.

Her courses on American literature have considered topics such as identity, memory, otherness, realism, and photography.She has also taught courses on testimony, systems of significance, and materiality.

More information, including her c.v., is available on her web site.