Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of English


Humanities 348

PhD, Cornell

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman's primary teaching and research interests are in literature and psychoanalysis, the twentieth century novel, trauma theory, suicide, self-disclosing writing, and pedagogy.

Professor Berman was recently featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (v53.36 p.A2) titled "A Professor's Own Grief Informs a Course on Mourning in Literature" by Erik Vance. Subscribers to The Chronicle can view the article online here.

You can also browse his Wikipedia article here.


(click on book titles for more information)

Psychoanalytic Memoirs (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023)

Norman N. Holland: The Dean of American Psychoanalytic Literary Critics (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

The Art of Caregiving in Fiction, Film, and Memoir (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

Writing the Talking Cure: Irvin D. Yalom and the Literature of Psychotherapy (SUNY Press, 2019)

Mad Muse: The Mental Illness Memoir in a Writer’s Life and Work (Emerald, 2019)

Off the Tracks: Cautionary Tales about the Derailing of Mental Health Care, with Paul Mosher (International Psychoanalytic Books, 2019)

Writing Widowhood (SUNY Press, 2015)

Confidentiality and Its Discontents (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Dying in Character (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012)

Death Education in the Writing Classroom (Routledge, 2012)

Companionship in Grief: Love and Loss in the Memoirs of C.S.Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion, and Calvin Trillin (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010)

Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure, co-authored with Patricia Hatch Wallace (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008)

Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure


Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning (SUNY Press, 2007)

Dying to Teach

Empathic Teaching: Education for Life (University of Massachusetts Press,

Risky Writing: Self-Disclosure and Self-Transformation in the Classroom (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001)

Surviving Literary Suicide (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999)

Diaries to an English Professor: Pain and Growth in the Classroom (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994)

Narcissism and the Novel (New York University Press, 1990)

The Talking Cure: Literary Representations of Psychoanalysis (New York
University Press, 1985)

Joseph Conrad: Writing as Rescue (Astra Books, Distributed by Twayne, 1977).

Series Editor, LITERATURE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS, New York University Press, 1991-1997 Books Published in the Series:

  • Imagined Human Beings: A Psychological Approach to Character and Conflict in Literature, by Bernard Paris (1997)
  • Mastering Slavery: Trauma, Writing, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives, by Jennifer Fleischner (1996)
  • The Grief Taboo in American Literature, by Pamela Boker (1995)
  • The Transformation of Rage: A Psychoanalytic Vision of George Eliot's Fiction, by Peggy Johnstone (1994)
  • Self-Analysis in Literary Study, edited by Daniel Rancour-Laferriere (1994)
  • Reading Freud's Reading, edited by Sander Gilman, Jutta Birmele, Jay Geller, and Valerie Greenberg (1993)
  • Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric, Text, and Subjectivity, by Marshall Alcorn (1993)
  • Literature and the Relational Self, by Barbara Shapiro (1993)
  • Loathsome Jews and Engulfing Women: Metaphors of Projection in the Works of Wyndham Lewis, Charles Williams, and Graham Green, by Andrea Freud Loewenstein (1993)
  • The Beginning of Terror: A Psychological Study of Rainer Maria Rilke's Life and Work, by David Kleinbard (1993)

Chapters in Books

"Revisiting Philip Roth's Psychoanalysts." In The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth, edited by Timothy Parrish, forthcoming.

"Crying in the Classroom." Student's Book of College English, edited by David Skwire and Harvey Wiener, New York: Longman's, Tenth Edition, 2005, 44-47. [Excerpted from Empathic Teaching]

"Writing about Suicide" (with Jonathan Schiff). In Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice, edited by Charles Anderson and Marian MacCurdy. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2000, 291-312.

"Marlow Explores the Boundaries between Life and death." In Readings on Heart of Darkness, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1999, 48-56. [Reprinted from Joseph Conrad: Writing as Rescue]

"Unmasking Rage in an Expository Writing Course." In Scenes of Shame, edited by Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999, 237-267.

"Darkness Visible and Invisible: The Landscape of Depression in Lie Down in Darkness." In The Critical Response to William Styron. Edited by Daniel Ross. Westport, Conn: The Greenwood Press, 1995, 61-80.

"'The Grief that Does Not Speak': Suicide, Mourning, and Psychoanalytic Teaching." In Self-Analysis and Literary Study, edited by Daniel Rancour-Laferriere. New York: New York University Press, 1994, 35-54.

"Nabokov and the Viennese Witch Doctor." In Major Literary Figures: Lolita, edited by Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1992, 105-119. [Reprinted from The Talking Cure]

"The Unrestful Cure: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper." In The Captive Imagination: A Casebook on The Yellow Wallpaper, edited by Catherine Golden. New York: The Feminist Press, 1992, 105-119. [Reprinted from The Talking Cure]

"Psychoanalysis as Literature/Literature as Psychoanalysis." In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Gale: Detroit, 1991, vol. 38, 313-320. [Excerpted from The Talking Cure]

"The Yellow Wallpaper." In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Gale: Detroit, 1991, vol. 37, 198-200. [Excerpted from The Talking Cure]

"Portnoy's Complaint. In Contemporary Literary Criticism. Gale: Detroit, 1991, vol. 66, 415-418. [Excerpted from The Talking Cure]

"Infanticide and Object Loss in Jude the Obscure." In Compromise Formations: Current Directions in Psychoanalytic Criticism, edited by Vera Camden. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1989, 155-181.

"Tender Is the Night: Fitzgerald's A Psychology for a Psychologist." In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Dennis Poupard. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1988, vol. 28, 120-125. [Excerpted from The Talking Cure]

"Personality (Double, Split, Multiple)." In Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motif, edited by Jean-Charles Seigneuret. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988, vol. 2, 963-970.

"Where's All the Fiction in Science Fiction?" In Future Females: A Critical Anthology, edited by Marleen Barr. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1981, 164-176.

"The Death and Dying of Ivan Ilych." In Advances in Thanatology, 1980, 51-60.

"Sylvia Plath and the Art of Dying." In A New Anatomy of Melancholy, edited by Leonard Manheim. University of Hartford Studies in Literature, 1978,


"'The Void (of a Father) in My Life': Sabrina's Story." Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, vol. 15 (2004), 57-79.

"Crying in the Classroom." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 18 (April 2003), B5

"Syllabuses of Risk." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 15 (February 2002), B7-9

"Sexual Self-Disclosures in an Expository Writing Course." JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, vol. 6 (2001), 181-194.

"Teaching Students at Risk." PSYART: The Electronic Journal. (February 2001), 1-27.

"Preventing Student Suicide." Chronicle of Higher Education (April 7, 2000), B10.

"Remediable and Irremediable Suffering: Allen Wheelis's Psychoanalytic and Novelistic Writings." Explorations: The Twentieth Century, vol. 19 (1999), 29-58.

"Suicide Diaries and the Therapeutics of Anonymous Self-Disclosure" (With Alina Luna). JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, vol. 1 (1996), 63-75.

"Psychoanalytic Diary Writing and the Transformation of Self and Society." JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, vol. 1 (1996), 123-126.

"One's Effort to Find a Little Truth': Ethel Schwabacher's Artistic and Psychoanalytic Odyssey." The Psychoanalytic Review, vol. 78 ( 1991), 607-627.

"The Search for the Father in Amadeus." The Psychoanalytic Review, vol. 74 (1987), 561-578.

"Introduction to Conrad and the Russians," Conradiana, vol. 12 (1980), 3-12.

"Equus: 'After Such Little Forgiveness, What Knowledge?'" The Psychoanalytic Review, vol. 66 (1979), 407-422.

"Tender Is the Night: Fitzgerald's A Psychology for Psychiatrists." Literature and Psychology, vol. 29 (1979), 34-48.

"Freud's 'I' and 'You': Secret Sharers in the Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis." Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, vol. 7 (1979), 291-298.

"The Multiple Faces of Eve and Sybil: 'E Pluribus Unum.'" Psychocultural Review, vol. 2 (1978), 1-25.

"Under Western Eyes: Conrad's Diary of a Writer?" (With Donna Van Wagenen). Conradiana, vol. 9 (1977), 269-274.

"Joseph Conrad: 'The Figure Behind the Veil.'" Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 6 (1977), 196-208.

"Conrad's Lord Jim and the Enigma of Sublimation." American Imago, vol. 33 (1976), 380-402.

"Forster's Other Cave: The Platonic Structure of 'The Machine Stops.'" Extrapolation, vol. 17 (1976), 172-181.

"Writing as Rescue: Conrad's Escape from the Heart of Darkness." Literature and Psychology, vol. 25 (1975), 65-79.

Editorial Service

Series Editor, Literature and Psychoanalysis, NYU Press

Editorial Board, SUNY Press

Editorial Board, Conradiana

Associate Editor, Joseph Conrad Today

Contributing Editor: JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture &

Contributing Editor: PSYART: The Electronic Journal

Contributing Editor: American Imago