Bernard Welt (Professor, Arts and Humanities) is the author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art (Lammy Award nominee). He has contributed to art catalogues including Splat! Boom! Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art and Raymond Pettibon: A Reader, and to poetry anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2001. His poem, “I stopped writing poetry . . . “ was selected by a reader poll at poets.org as the best American poem of the year 2000. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in Writing. Teaching and research interests: Popular American film (including sex in American cinema) and the world history of cinema; the Uncanny in literature, film and art; theater and performance studies; technology and the human in modern popular culture; images of indigenous people in western culture; dreaming and its relation the arts. A former member of the board of directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, he contributes a continuing series of essays on classic dream-related films to its member magazine, Dream Time, and has recently written the article on cinema and dreams for The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams (Deirdre Barret and Patrick McNamara, eds., Praeger Press, forthcoming January 2012). With co-authors Kelly Bulkeley and Phil King, he has recently completed Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources in Dream Education (State University Press of New York, 2011), the first major academic study of the use of dreams in education.
National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in Writing, 1980.
Mythomania, Lambda Literary Award nominee (Small press, 1996).
JEOPARDY! Champion, 1992.
Dr. Bernard Welt is the author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art (Art issues Press). He has contributed to art catalogues including Raymond Pettibon: A Reader (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and Splat! Boom! Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art (Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston).
Dr. Welt collaborated with co-authors Kelly Bulkeley and Phil King on Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, andResources in Dream Education (SUNY), the first major academic study of the use of dreams in education. Recently, he has written the article on “Dreaming and Cinema” for The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams (Greenwood) and co-written (with Kelly Bulkeley) the article on “Lucid Dreaming and Cinema” for Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Praeger).
Dr. Welt’s poetry appears in Serenade (Z Press; in many journals including The Antioch Review, Sun & Moon, Little Caesar, Z and Là-Bas; and in anthologies, including Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms: 65 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems (Collier-Macmillan) and The Best American Poetry 2001 (Scribner).
Dr. Welt has also contributed articles and reviews to People, Art Issues, The New Art Examiner, Lambda Book Report,TheWashington Blade, and The Washington Post Book World among other magazines.