Birthplace and date: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. August 8, l929.
Current Address: 5514 Camino Contigo, Santa Barbara, CA 93111.
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1950.
M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1955.
D.F.A., Yale School of Drama, 1960.
1959-60: Asst. Professor, Dept. of English Language & Literature, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute
1960-64: Asst. Professor, Dept. of English, Skidmore College
1964-67: Asst. and Associate Professor, Dept. of Speech and Theatre Arts, University of
1967-78: Associate and Full Professor, joint appt in Depts. of English and Theatre Arts, Cornell
1978-1994: Professor, Dept. of Dramatic Art, University of California, Santa Barbara. Acting
Professor Emeritus, UCSB, 1994.
and Professional Honors
Associate Editor: Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and (formerly) Theatre Journal.
Guest Lecturer, Annual meeting of Samuel Beckett Society, Dec. 1987. MLA, San Francisco.
Invited lecturer, Annual meeting of Assn for Study of Dreams, 1992.
Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989. Lecture title: "Dreams and Fiction: Some Relationships," April 26, 1989. (Awarded annually to the most distinguished faculty member at UCSB. $1000 cash award.)
Editorial Board: Dreaming. Journal of Association for the Study
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Irony and Drama: A Poetics. Cornell University Press, 1971.
The Shape of Paradox: An Essay on "Waiting for Godot," University of California Press, 1978.
Great Reckonings in Little Rooms: On the Phenomenology of Theatre.. University of California Press, 1985.
The Rhetoric of Dreams. Cornell University Press, 1988.
HAMLET and The Concept of Character. Johns Hopkins UP, 1992.
Dreaming and Storytelling. Cornell UP, 1993.
The Pleasure of the Play. Cornell UP, 1994.
Seeing in the Dark: Reflections on Dreams and Dreaming. Yale UP, 1997. Introduction. From the reviews.
Selected Journal Articles
"The Hero and the world: Our Sense of Space in War and Peace, Modern Fiction Studies, XI (l965), 153-164.
"The Case for Plot in Modern Drama," Hudson Review, XX (Spring 1967), 49-61.
"Chekhov's Dramatic Strategy," Yale Review, LVI (Winter 1967), 213-224.
"Pinter's Homecoming: The Shock of Non-Recognition," Hudson Review, XXI
"Kenneth Burke and the Syllogism," South Atlantic Quarterly, LXVIII (Summer, 1969), 386-398.
"The Word Pictures in Hamlet," Hudson Review, XXVI (Autumn 1973), 510-522.
"The Art of Dreaming," Hudson Review, XXVI (Winter 1978-9), 571-586.
"Horatio---Our Man in Elsinore: An Essay in Dramatic Logic," South Atlantic Quarterly, (Autumn 1979), pp. 46-56.
"The Persistence of the Archetype," Critical Inquiry, VII (Winter 1980), 333-344.
"Phenomenology of the Curtain Call," Hudson Review 34 (Autumn 1981), 371-80.
"Standing on the Extreme Verge in King Lear and Other High Places,"Georgia Review 36 (Summer 1982), 417-425.
"The Dog on the Stage: Theatre as Phenomenon," New Literary History, XIV (Winter 1983), 373-388.
"The Actor's Presence: Three Phenomenal Modes," Theatre Journal 35 (October, 1983), 359-375. (Reprinted in Acting [Re]Considered, ed. Phillip B. Zarrilli, Routledge, 1994.)
"The Horses of Macbeth," Kenyon Review, VII (New series) (Spring 1985), 52-66.
"The Anatomy of Dramatic Character," Theatre Journal 37 (1985), 87-101.
"I Think, Therefore I Dream," Hudson Review, XXXIX (Spring 1986), 53-80.
"Hamlet's Older Brother," Hudson Review 39 (Winter l987), 537-552.
"Catastrophe: Beckett's Laboratory/ Theatre," Modern Drama, XXX (March 1987), 14-22.
"Northrop Frye: The Anatomy of Wit," Hudson Review XL (l988), 457-479.
"Playing in Lyric Time: Beckett's Voice Plays," Theatre Journal 40 (December 1988), 453-467.
"Dreaming and Storytelling," Hudson Review, XLIII (Spring 1990), 21-37.
"Tragedy and the Tragic Vision: A Darwinian Response to Thomas Van Laan," Journal of Dramtic Theory and Criticism, 6, No. 2 (1992), 5-22.
"The Phenomenological Attitude," in Critical Theory and Performance, ed. Janelle Reinelt and Joseph Roach. University of Michigan Press, 1992, pp. 369-79.
"The Meaning of Dreams," Dreaming. 2, No. 4 (December 1992), 249-62.
"Bizarreness in Dreams and Other Fictions," in The Dream and the Text: Essays in Language and Literature, ed. Carol S. Rupprecht. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993, pp. 6-31.
"The Mirror and the Labyrinth: The Further Ordeals of Character and Mimesis," Style 27, No. 3 (Fall 1993), 452-471.
"Notes on the Poststructural Code," American Scholar (Winter 1994), 111-116.
"Dreaming of Harold Pinter: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Meaning in Dreams," Dreaming 4, No. 4 (December 1995), 229-45.
"On First Looking into Baker's Index," Salmagundi, No. 109-110 (Winter-Spring, 1996), 153-62.
"The Death of a Finch," Hudson Review XLIX (Spring 1996), 30-42.
"Performance As Metaphor," Theatre Journal 48, No 1 (March 1996), 1-26.
"Ten Steps," Salmagundi (Spring-Summer 1997), 182-95.
"My Slight Stoop: A Remembrance," Hudson Review (Autumn, 1997), 369-390. Reprinted in Anchor Essay Annual: Best of 1998. Ed. Phillip Lopate. Doubleday, 1998.
"Of Paradoxes and Tautologies," American Scholar (Winter 1998), 51-66.
"Girl of My Dreams, A Story," Hudson Review (Autumn 1998), 527-37.
"Dreaming as Psychosis: Re-reading Allan Hobson," Dreaming (September 1998), 137-48.
"Dreaming as Delirium: A Response to Allan Hobsonís Reply," Dreaming (December 1998), 223-28
Dust Jacket copy from SEEING IN THE DARK
What is the relationship between waking experience and dreams, and between
dreams and literary creativity? In this book Bert States explores the nature
of dream imagery, the metaphorical processes in dreaming, and the nature
and sources of dream narrative. Challenging the classical psychoanalytic
view that dreams represent censored wishes, he argues instead that dreams
are nonrepressive, unplanned constructions that unfold one image at a time
with no other end than making the most integral use of the images at hand.
Dreams are a phenomenon of mind and, like art, are manifestations of a
biological need to convert experience into structure.
From the reviews of SEEING IN THE DARK:
"States finds new, un-Freudian things to say about the enigmatic aesthetics of dreams in the suavely written Seeing In The Dark."
---Bill Marx in BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE (Dec. 28, 1997)
"The book is serious and well researched, yet entertaining and fun to read . . . and gives us a refreshing perspective on old ideas. . . . A delightful read."
--J. Dodd, CHOICE (July/Aug. 1997).
"What is new about the book is not so much what the author has to say about how dreams are made but the way he links this activity to creative writing in fiction, poetry, and drama. The book is rich in examples and delightful in its humor and erudition."
--Rosalind Cartwright, NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (Oct. 30, 1997).
"This is a well-written and genial book book filled with insights into both the nature of dreams and the nature of creativity."
--Harold Fromm, HUDSON REVIEW (Autumn 1997)
"As good a description of dreams as any."
--NEW SCIENTIST (Oct 17, 1998)
"States writes with such lucidity and charm that it can well be imagined by the non-academic reader with plenty of intellectual curiosity."
--Rosemary Dinnage, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (Aug 8, 1997)
"Bert Statesís Seeing In The Dark is a lively and informative book, which provides an invaluable update on current dream theory. Though published by the Yale University Press it is by no means dryly academic. It dreams of a wide readership and I hope it gets one."
--Alex Marsh, THE BOSTON BOOK REVIEW