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Beverly Haviland

Beverly Haviland is a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Associate Professor who works in 19th-century American, English, and French literature, 20th and 21st-c American literature and film, cultural history, and feminist and psychoanalytic theory. She is the author of Henry James’s Last Romance: Making Sense of the Past and the American Scene and is currently producing a critical edition of James’s unfinished, posthumously-published time-travel romance, The Sense of the Past as one volume of the 34-volume Complete Fiction of Henry James (Cambridge University Press).

She has received grants from the ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities among others, and her essays on Bret Easton Ellis as a novelist of manners and on Nella Larsen as plagiarist have won prizes.  Her current research is on shame and the representation of child sexual abuse in literature. She teaches courses on trauma and public memory and has published several articles connected with 9/11 memorials and novels.