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Pamela Bromberg

Pamela Bromberg
Title
Professor, English Department Chair
Phone
617-521-2214
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 C310F
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Pam Bromberg began her academic career as a Blake scholar and has migrated over the years to teaching and scholarly work on a broad variety of writers, including contemporary women and post-colonial novelists. Recent publications include essays on Blake's visual art, but also on the work of Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, Lillian Hellman, and Buchi Emecheta. She has also contributed essays on teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma to the MLA's Approaches to Teaching volumes, with a new essay on teaching Austen's Mansfield Park forthcoming in the series. She has recently presented work on Margaret Atwood at international conferences, leading to the publication of an essay in Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye. Her interest in Austen has inspired a seminar on Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, a course that provides in depth study of the development of two of England's greatest novelists. In recent years she has been teaching exciting new seminars on the Postcolonial Novel and The Colonial Legacy in Africa: History and Literature. In both of those courses students have the opportunity to work on novels of their choosing for final projects.

 
Pam has served as Director of the Graduate Program in English since 2004.

 
Pam is an active amateur musician who enjoys playing the cello in various chamber music groups, including the Desdemona string quartet, which began playing together in 1996.

 

 

 

Articles

 

"Mansfield Park as Austen's Most Teachable Novel," forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching Mansfield Park, eds. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire, New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2010

"'Back from the Dead': Journeys to the Underworld in Wilderness Tips," in Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye, University of Ottawa Press, 2006, 257-267.

"Learning to Listen: Teaching about the Talk of Miss Bates," in Approaches to Teaching Austen's Emma , ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom, New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2004, 127-133.

"Androgyny," "Margaret Atwood," "Margaret Drabble," in Feminist Literary Theory, ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace, New York: Garland Publishing, 1997, 15-16, 28-29, 123-124.

"Buchi Emecheta: Dislocation and Discovery," Abafazi, 6, 2 (Spring/Summer 1996). 34-41.

"Teaching about the Marriage Plot," in Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice, ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom, New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1993, 126 133.

"`Death and Love': Memento Mori in The Realms of Gold," in Exotic Symbols in Art, ed. Liana Cheney, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992, 227 240.

"Margaret Drabble's The Radiant Way: Feminist Metafiction," NOVEL, 24, 1 (Fall 1990). 5 25.

"Establishing the Woman and Constructing a Narrative in Lillian Hellman's Memoirs," in Critical Essays on Lillian Hellman, ed. Mark W. Estrin (G.K. Hall: Boston), 1989, 115 128.

"The Mirror of Gender in The Edible Woman and Lady Oracle," in Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms, eds. Kathryn Van Spanckeren and Jan Garden Castro (Southern Illinois University Press), 1988, 12 23. (reprinted as "The Two Faces of the Mirror in The Edible Woman and Lady Oracle," in Exotic Symbols in Art, ed. Liana Cheney, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992, 275 290.

"Visions of Ulro: Landscape and Architecture in Blake's Illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy," in The Spectrum of the Fantastic, ed. Donald Palumbo (Westport, CT: The Greenwood Press), 1988, 41 51.

"Holding On/Letting Go," in Simmons Review, 69, 1, Winter 1987, 8 12.

"The Development of Narrative Technique in Margaret Drabble's Novels," The Journal of Narrative Technique, 16 (1986), 179 191.

"Narrative in Margaret Drabble's The Middle Ground: Relativity versus Teleology," Contemporary Literature, 24 (1983), 463 479.

"Romantic Revisionism in Margaret Drabble's The Realms of Gold," in Margaret Drabble: Golden Realms, ed. Dorey Schmidt (Edinburgh, Texas: Pan American University, 1982) pp. 48 65.

Reviews

 

"Political Voices," Review of Bette London's The Appropriated Voice: Narrative Authority in Conrad, Forster, and Woolf, Novel 25, Winter 1992, 214 216.

Lillian Hellman"s Uncertainties," New Boston Review, Vol. 2, Nos 5/6 (Aug/Sept 1980), pp. 5 7.

Review of Thomas R. Frosch's The Awakening of Albion in Studies in Romanticism, 13 (1974), 169 17l

Selected Presentations

 

"The Films of Northanger Abbey: "are they all horrid?'" at the Jane Austen Society of North America, Massachusetts Region, September 19, 2010, Brookline, MA.

"Jane Eyre: Writing and Rebellion" at the Wellesley College Summer Symposium, "In Her Own Hand: Women Writers: Then & Now," June 5, 2008.
 
"'An injured body': 18th Century Women Novelists and the Literary Canon," the Harriet Avery Lecture, May 21, 2006 to the Massachusetts Regional section of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

 "Learning to Listen: Teaching about the Talk of Miss Bates," presented at "'Handsome, Clever and rich,' Jane Austen's Emma," a conference organized by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Massachusetts Region,  on November 7, 2004 in Weston, MA.

"Back from the Dead: Journeys to the Underworld in Wilderness Tips," April 23, 2004 at University of Ottawa conference, "Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye."    

A>If Shakespeare Had a Sister: Some Thoughts on Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf,@ at the Massachusetts Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America on May 11, 2003 in Newton, MA.

 "Reading, Rereading, and Retrospect in Wilderness Tips," December 30, 2002 MLA, New York.

"‘Medley" versus Storytelling: Miss Bates as Counter Narrator in Emma," Narrative: An International Conference, Rice University, March 10, 2001.

From Program to Department: Strategies, Opportunities, Pitfalls," 21st Annual Conference of the National Women's Studies Association, Simmons College, June 16, 2000.

"Mansfield Park: A Conversation about the New Film by Patricia Rozema," Jane Austen Society, Newton, MA, March 12, 2000

" "The Dystopic Master Bedroom: Politics and Identity in Gordimer's July's People and None to Accompany Me," Twentieth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 21, 1999

"`A Mrs. Dalloway-Type Party': Virginia Woolf's Influence on Margaret Drabble," Seventh Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Plymouth State College, June 12-15, 1997

"Crossing Borders in Buchi Emecheta's African Novels and Autobiography," 17th National Women's Studies Association Conference, Skidmore College, June 12-16, 1996.

"The Return to Northam in Margaret Drabble's Later Fiction," MLA, New York, Dec. 27 30, 1992

"Racism and the (De)Construction of Personal Identity in Nadine Gordimer's July's People," National Women's Studies Association Conference, Akron, Ohio, June 21 24, 1990.

"`An Explosion of Roles': Nadine Gordimer's July's People," NEMLA, Toronto, April 7, 1990.

"Margaret Drabble's The Radiant Way: Feminist Metafiction," Feminism and Representation, Rhode Island College, April 20 22, 1989.

"Narrating the `Non Story": Margaret Drabble's The Radiant Way," International Conference on Narrative Literature and Poetics, University of Wisconsin Madison, April 6 8, 1989.

Shadowing `The Great Tradition' in Margaret Drabble's The Radiant Way," NEMLA, Wilmington, Delaware, March 31 April 2, 1989.

"`Only Get the Clothes Right': Margaret Atwood's Deconstruction of Popular Culture," Popular Culture/American Culture Conference, New Orleans, March 23 26, 1988.

"`Death and Love': Memento Mori in The Realms of Gold," presented at the 8th International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, Houston, Texas, March 18 22, 1987

 
"The Duplicity of Memory in Lillian Hellman's Memoirs," MLA, Washington, D.C., December 29, 1984

Education

Bachelor of Arts
Wellesley College

Doctor of Philosophy
Yale University