Sandra Bermann

Cotsen Professor of the Humanities. Professor of Comparative Literature.
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107 East Pyne

Office Hours Spring 2019:  Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30 PM and by appointment

Periods: Twentieth century, early modern period (especially lyric poetry)

Languages: French, Italian, Latin

Research Interests: translation, literary theory, twentieth-century French and Italian literature (particularly poetry), comparative literature, historiography as it intersects with literary theory

Prof. Bermann is Cotsen Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Comparative Literature, and serves as Head of Whitman College. In addition to articles and reviews in scholarly journals, she is author of The Sonnet Over Time: Studies in the Sonnets of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Baudelaire, translator of Manzoni’s On the Historical Novel; editor with Michael Wood of Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation; and editor  with Catherine Porter of A Companion to Translation Studies. Her current projects focus on lyric poetry, translation, the intersections between twentieth-century historiography and literary theory, and new directions in the field of comparative literature.

A recipient of Whiting and Fulbright Fellowships, she has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris. At Princeton, she chaired the Department of Comparative Literature for many years, served as Master of Stevenson Hall, co-founded the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, and led the President’s Working Group on the Bridge Year Program. She completed a term as President of the American Comparative Literature Association in 2009.

Prof. Bermann is interested in working with graduate students whose research interests in some way overlap with her own, including translation and lyric poetry.


A Companion to Translation Studies (co-editor with Catherine Porter)

Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation (co-editor with Michael Wood)

Manzoni’s On the Historical Novel (translator)

The Sonnet Over Time: Studies in the Sonnets of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Baudelaire

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