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Shari Paige Goldberg
Assistant Professor-Arts & Humanities
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4470    URL Goldberg Shari's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.EnglishUniversity at Albany, SUNY2009
 B.A.EnglishVassar College1999
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Shari Goldberg studies early and nineteenth-century American literature and critical theory. She focuses on how conceptions of self, speech, and meaning have evolved in American contexts.
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"Believing in Maud-Evelyn: Henry James and the Obligation to Ghosts." Forthcoming in American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron, ed. Branka Arsic. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.
Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. Published as part of the American Literatures Initiative (
Beautiful Child, by Emma Tennant. The Henry James Review 34.2 (May 2013): online edition.
Book reviews
"Close Reading for a Closer World: The Case of Cotton Mather." The Return of the Text. Syracuse, NY. September 2013.
Conference paper
"Dovetailing: American Birds in Life and Text." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON. April 2013.
Conference paper
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
11/2008 11/2008 The Legal Incoherence of Frederick Douglass's Constitutionalism.
Also panel chair, The Beginning and End of Identity Politics. South Central Modern Language Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.
10/2006 10/2006 Raking Language: Emerson's 'Address on the Emancipation.'
Americanist Symposium: Micropolitics. Syracuse, NY.
09/2007 09/2007 A 'new yet unapproachable' Direction for American Literary Studies; or, Reading the Texts of the Past with Ralph Waldo Emerson.
University of Texas at Austin American Studies Graduate Conference. Austin, TX.
07/2006 07/2006 Inquietude Rising: Testimony in Melville's Benito Cereno.
School of Criticism & Theory Participant Colloquia. Ithaca, NY.
05/2010 05/2010 Reading the Past for New Theory.
Introduction as panel chair. C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists. University Park, PA.
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Modern Language Association
South Central Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association
C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists
American Literature Association
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-PresentAssistant Professor of Literary Studies  University of Texas at Dallas
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 Additional Information
  • Dean's Travel Grant, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, Short-listed as Alternate. 2008.
  • Thorns Dissertation Fellowship, University at Albany English Department. 2007-2008.
  • Professionalization Award for Summer Enrichment, Albany Graduate Student Organization. 2007.
  • Vassar Graduate Fellowship, Vassar College. 2006-2007.
  • Tuition Scholarship, School of Criticism & Theory. Summer 2006.
  • College Scholar Award, University at Albany. 2003-2006.
  • Graduate Advisory Committee Summer Fellowship, University at Albany English Department. 2005.
  • Dorothy Evans Graduate Fellowship, Vassar College. 2005-2006.
  • Travel Grant, University at Albany Graduate Student Organization. Spring 2005.
  • Travel Grant, University at Albany English Department. Spring 2005.
  • Language Study Award, University at Albany Initiatives for Women. Summer 2004.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Vassar College. May 1999.

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Early American Literature
  • Law and Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Post-Holocaust Literature
  • Jewish Studies
  • Photography

  • Committee on Educational Policy, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). 2013-2014.
  • Executive Committee, School of Arts & Humanities at UTD. 2010-2012; 2013-2015.
  • Faculty Library Committee, UTD. Chair, 2012-2013; Member, 2011-2012.
  • Undergraduate Writing Task Force, School of Arts & Humanities at UTD. 2012-2013.
  • Pilot project for new classroom initiatives, UTD. Fall 2009.
  • University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization. 2003-2005.

University of Texas at Dallas, Undergraduate
  • American Renaissance (focus on conceptions of self, nature, law, testimony, death, occupation)
  • American Realism and Naturalism (focus on technology)
  • Early American Literature (focus on otherness)
  • True Stories (genre course on human rights literature)
  • Reading and Writing Texts (majors course on testimony)
  • Exploration of the Humanities (first-year course on signification)
University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate
  • Making Sense of Things
  • American Renaissance
  • American Realism
  • Emerson, Thoreau, Melville
  • Theories of Testimony
  • Independent studies in 18th-century and 19th-century American literature, materialism, and testimonial literature

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