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Regan Professor of English: Charles Bernstein

C. Bernstein

Charles Bernstein, a leading figure in contemporary poetry, has been appointed the Donald T. Regan Professor of English in SAS.  

Professor Bernstein has been publishing his work for more than three decades, and he is considered a pioneer of “language writing,” a movement that began in the mid-1970s and focuses on the structures and codes of language. He has published three collections of essays and over 20 books of poetry, and his poems have appeared in more than 350 literary magazines and anthologies in North America. His recent works include the poetry collections With Strings and Republics of Reality: 1975-1995, as well as the pamphlet World on Fire. In addition, Professor Bernstein has written librettos for five operas including Shadowtime, which was premiered at the Munich Biennale, an international festival for new music theater, this past May and will be coming to the Lincoln Center Festival in July.

Professor Bernstein teaches courses on poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on modernist and contemporary art and performance. In addition to his teaching activities, he is a driving force behind PENNsound, the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing’s new digital poetry archive project, www.writing.upenn.edu/pennsound.

Before coming to Penn in 2003, Professor Bernstein was a SUNY Distinguished Professor and David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters in the department of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught for 14 years. During his tenure, he helped to establish the university’s poetics program and served as executive editor and co-founder of the Electronic Poetry Center, an international poetry website.

Professor Bernstein has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.  He is also a recipient of the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize in recognition of his lifetime contributions to poetry and scholarship.  He holds an A.B. from Harvard College.

This professorship was established in 1981with gifts from Merrill Lynch & Co. and friends of the late Donald T. Regan, HON ’72, former chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees who was an executive at Merrill Lynch before he became chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan. It recognizes a distinguished scholar in English who has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, particularly the teaching of writing. This chair reflects Donald Regan’s interest in the English language and his belief that the development of a student’s use of language is one of the most important ends of higher education.

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 20, February 8, 2005

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