Hello, and welcome to my personal website. My name is Bernie Rhie, and I’m an Associate Professor of English at Williams College, where I teach courses on modern literature and on the connections between philosophy and literature. My courses range from traditional genre and single-author surveys to interdisciplinary seminars that investigate a particular topic (like time or the human face) by integrating the study of literature, philosophy, art, and even developmental and cognitive psychology. Courses I’ve taught at Williams include: Introduction to the Novel, The Ethics of Fiction, Time-Consciousness in Modern Literature and Philosophy, Asian American Literature, Philosophy and Poetry, J.M. Coetzee, and The Human Face in the Modern Imagination. Descriptions for these and other courses I teach can be found on the course descriptions page of this site.
I have a deep interest in the writings of the philosopher Stanley Cavell, and I am the coeditor, with Richard Eldridge (Dept. of Philosophy, Swarthmore College), of an essay collection — entitled Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism — that explores the relevance of Cavell’s work for literary theorists and critics (Continuum 2011). A conference based on this volume took place at the Humanities Center at Harvard University, from October 14-16, 2010.
I am also the founder of OLP & Literary Studies Online, an academic blog for scholars who work at the crossroads of ordinary language philosophy and literary studies. OLP & Literary Studies Online is now run by Carly Lane (Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago). To find out more about it, please click here.
For more information about my research and teaching, please see my CV.
On a more personal note, I am very lucky to be married to Julie Schutzman, with whom I am raising our two wonderful children, Max and Polly, pictured below: