Sacvan Bercovitch

Sacvan Bercovitch

Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature

417 Widener
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sacvan Bercovitch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, past President of American Studies Association, and General Editor of the 8-volume Cambridge History of American Literature. He has received awards for teaching and scholarship, including the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Languages Association, as well as Lifetime Achievement in three fields: Awards for Early American Scholarship, American Literary Criticism, and American Studies. He has taught at several universities (Princeton, Brandeis, UCSD, Columbia, as well as Harvard), served on numerous professional committees and on the boards of many journal and university presses, has received fellowships from many foundations and humanities centers, has published over a hundred essays, and has lectured world-wide. His writings have been translated into many languages - Chinese, Hungarian, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and others. Among his many books are The Puritan Origins of the American Self, The American Jeremiad, Ideology and Classic American Literature, The Office of the Scarlet Letter, and Rites of Assent: The Symbolic Construction of America. Born in Montreal, Canada, to immigrant Jewish parents, he has translated Yiddish writers, and taught courses in Jewish literature and thought.

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