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Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.

Bernie Rodgers

Emily H. Fisher Chair in Literature Emeritus

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, Literary Studies

Areas of Specialization

Modern and contemporary American and European literature


Research Interest: Modern and contemporary American and European literature, especially the novel and drama.

Teaching Interest: 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.


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

  • 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



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


  • Critical Insights: Salman Rushdie (Editor, 2013)
  • Critical Insights: John Updike (Editor, 2012)
  • 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 AnnualCritiqueChicago ReviewChicago TribuneIllinois IssuesBloom's Modern Critical Interpretations of Portnoy's ComplaintKwartalnik Neofilologiczny (Warsaw), MELUSPhilip Roth StudiesThe World & IMagill's Literary AnnualMagill's Survey of World LiteratureMagill's Book ReviewsMasterplots II and IV, and the Berkshire Eagle, and broadcast on WBBM-AM and WNIB-FM in Chicago.