The Department of English
Phone: 646 312-3931
Paula Berggren currently serves as the Coordinator of the Great Works Program. With the support of grants from The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Bell Atlantic Foundation, she has developed The Experience of Pilgrimage, instructional software for the teaching of culturally diverse texts in Great Works courses and others, and she explored the value of computer-mediated instruction through her participation in the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year multi-campus inquiry into the subject based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Professor Berggren has been able to share these interests through her contributions to Teaching with The Norton Anthology of World Literature in various editions and an article on Hamlet and The Journey to the West in a volume on Approaches to Teaching Hamlet published by the Modern Language Association in 2002.
Professor Berggren has an A.B. degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Pursuing her love of theater and poetry, she regularly teaches Shakespeare as well as Renaissance literature and drama at Baruch, and has devoted a great deal of attention to the work of women writers, including Edith Wharton and Mary Wollstonecraft. Professor Berggren is the author of several essays on English Renaissance drama, including “The Woman's Part: Female Sexuality as Power in Shakespeare's Plays,” in The Woman’s Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare, and “‘Imitari is Nothing’: A Shakespearean Complex Word,” published in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 26 (Spring 1984): 94-127. For the article in TSLL, she received the Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship, and is one of two members of the Baruch faculty to have received all three of thesefor Scholarship, Teaching, and Service. More recently, she has published articles on “Shakespeare and the Numbering Clock,” The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal, 29 (Winter 2010): 44-57, and “Shakespeare’s Dual Lexicons of Plague: Infections in Speech and Space,” Representing the Plague in Early Modern England, edited by Rebecca Totaro and Ernest B. Gilman. Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2010, pp. 150-68.
Her administrative responsibilities include supervising the English Department’s summer session and acting as an advisor for English majors and minors. She was also involved in the development of the Honors Program at Baruch and of “The Arts in New York City,” the first of four interdisciplinary Honors College Seminars that distinguish the Macaulay CUNY-wide curriculum. Her analysis of that experience was published as “‘Why Sophie Dances’: Electronic Discussions and Student Engagement with the Arts,” http://www.academiccommons.org/issue/january-2009.