Reed College Faculty Profiles
Gail Berkeley Sherman
Professor of English and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Having taught at SUNY/Plattsburgh and UCLA, Gail Berkeley Sherman came to Reed in 1981 with degrees from Barnard College and Princeton University. She has received NEH and Mellon grants, and has published on Chaucer and on twentieth-century American literature. She teaches mostly twentieth-century American literature in the English department, and in Hum 110, she has lectured on The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Bacchae, Genesis, the Book of Esther, The Gospel according to Matthew, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass as well as many other texts that no longer appear on the syllabus. Sherman enjoys working with students on overcoming their writing challenges, discovering their academic strengths and passions, and introducing lesser-known works in the American canon. She is currently writing parts of a book provisionally entitled Deafness and Disability in American Fiction: Marginalities of the Center, which puts the fiction of Joanne Greenberg into dialogue with works by writers from Eudora Welty to Toni Morrison.