Michael André Bernstein

Austria, 1947 - 2011

Michael André Bernstein studied Romance languages at Princeton and Oxford. In 1975, he began working at Berkeley, where he was to remain the rest of his working life, first as a lecturer, then as a Professor of Comparative Literature. He wrote important works of literary criticism, such as Bitter Carnival: Ressentiment and the Abject Hero (1992) and Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History (1994), in which he focuses especially on the relationship between literature and morality. He also published the novel Conspirators (2004). Bernstein was a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic.