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Meet the Faculty

Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.


Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.
Emily H. Fisher Chair in Literature
Division: Languages & Literature
Appointment: 1985

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BA in English and Education, magna cum laude, Mount Saint Mary's College (MD)
MA in English, University of Bridgeport
PhD in English, with honors, the University of Chicago

Professional History:

Emily H. Fisher Chair in Literature, Bard College at Simon's Rock (2004-)
Faculty in English, Simon's Rock (1985-2004)
Vice President & Dean of the College (1987-2004)
Dean of Academic Affairs (1985-1987)
Special Assistant to the Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago (1984-1985)
Assistant Director, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (1982-1984)
Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Marie Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland (1979-1980)
Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, College Acceleration Program, City Colleges of Chicago (1975-1982). Department and Program Chair.
English Teacher and Director of Drama, Somers Central High School, Lincolndale, NY (1969-1972)

Areas of Interest:

My primary interests are in modern and contemporary American and European literature, especially the novel and drama. This leads to my teaching courses that range from the 19th Century Novel to Contemporary American Fiction, Writers from Eastern Europe to History,Politics, and the Novel, Theater of the Absurd to the Harlem Renaissance, as well as our general education seminars.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

  • Critical Insights: John Updike (Editor, 2012)
  • Critical Insights: Salman Rushdie (Editor, 2013)
  • Voices & Visions: Selected Essays (2001)
  • Philip Roth: A Bibliography (revised and expanded, 1984)
  • Philip Roth (Twayne United States Authors Series, 1978)
  • Philip Roth: A Bibliography (1974)

Essays and Reviews on modern and contemporary American literature and culture—as well as on writers such as Aharon Appelfeld, Peter Gay, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Czeslaw Milosz, Salman Rushdie, and Jiri Weil—in the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, Critique, Chicago Review, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Issues, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations of Portnoy's Complaint, Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny (Warsaw), MELUS, Philip Roth Studies, The World & I, Magill's Literary Annual, Magill's Survey of World Literature, Magill's Book Reviews, Masterplots II and IV, and the Berkshire Eagle, and broadcast on WBBM-AM and WNIB-FM in Chicago.


  • Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature (Poland) (1979-1980)
    Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago (1974-1975)

Other Activities

  • Member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN America, and the Philip Roth and John Updike Societies
  • Advisory Editor, Philip Roth Studies
  • Program Director, John Updike Society Biennial Meeting "Updike in Massachusetts" (2012)
  • Past President of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Vice President of the Board of Fairview Hospital, and member of the Board of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce