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Beth Sorensen
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SACVAN BERCOVITCH, LEADING THEORIST OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, TO VISIT REED

Sacvan Bercovitch, one of the country's most provocative critics and the leading intellectual historian and discourse theorist of early American culture, will address the question "What’s Funny About Huckleberry Finn?" on Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Kaul Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503/777-7755. (Berkovitch had been scheduled to speak at Reed in August, but the lecture was cancelled due to illness.)

Sacvan Bercovitch, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, is best known for his explication of the myths, religious traditions, and political rhetoric that have shaped American culture and identity. He is the general editor of the multivolume Cambridge History of American Literature and is the author of The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America (Routledge, 1993); The Office of "The Scarlet Letter" (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1991), which received the prize for the best scholarly book of 1992 from the Modern Language Association; The American Jeremiad (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1978); and The Puritan Origins of the American Self (Yale Univ. Press, 1975). His teaching interests include American literature and culture and modern Jewish literature.

His awards include the Cabot Award for Achievement in the Humanities (1991), a distinguished alumnus award from Claremont Graduate School, and fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among many others.

Bercovitch began his undergraduate career at Reed College; he went on to receive a B.A. in 1961 from Sir George Williams College, a Ph.D. in 1965 from Claremont Graduate School, and honorary degrees from Harvard and Concordia Universities.

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