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Vera Camden


Vera J. Camden is Professor of English at Kent State University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and Clinical Faculty of Social Work at Rutgers University. She is Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. She is a member of the Committee on Research and Special Training at the American Psychoanalytic Association, Co-editor of American Imago, and on the editorial board of  The American Psychoanalyst and Bunyan Studies: A Journal of Reformation and Dissent. She specializes in seventeenth-century British literature, psychoanalysis and literature, trauma studies, and children and young adult literature, and comics and graphic narratives.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Edited Books

  • Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Journal Editorships

  • Co-Editor, American Imago, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000-present
  • Associate Editor, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The International Universities Press, 1999-2000

Special Issues Edited

  • Identity, Agency and Gender in John Bunyan’s England.  Spec. issue of Bunyan Studies 11 (2004). (Guest Editor, with Kimberly Hill)
  • Early Women Analysts.  Spec. issue of  American Imago 60.2 (2003).

Book Chapters

  • “The Touch of Evil and the Trimph of Love in Harry Potter” Critical Insights: Good and Evil, Ed., Margaret Breen, (Ipswich, Massachusetts: Salem Press, 2011).
  • “The Goodwives of Bedford” in The Cambridge Companion to John Bunyan, Ed.,Anne Dunan Page (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 2010).
  • “Young Man Bunyan,” in Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan.  ed.,Vera J. Camden (Stanford University Press, 2007).
  • “The Past is a Foreign Country: The Uses of Literature in the Psychoanalytic Dialogue.”  In Narrative Medicine and Psychoanalysis.  Eds. Peter Rudnytsky and Rita Charon ( SUNY University Press, 2008).
  • Writing.  Ed. N. H. Keeble. Religion and Discourse Series, Vol.12.  Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2002.  133-165.


  • Camden, Vera J. "'The Skin She Lives In': The Skin Ego in the Sculpture of Ursula von Rydingsvard.' American Imago 70.4 (2013): 585-606.
  • “The Unbearable Inner Light: John Bunyan’s Controversy with the Quakers,” Bunyan Studies (Number 14, 2010) 34-56.,
  • “Psychoanalysis and the Academy:  Practical Aspects and Philosophical Foundations” American Imago  67:4 Winter 2010, 601-605.
  • “ ‘My Capital Secret’: Literature and the Psychoanalytic Agon” International Jnl of Psychoanalysis, special editor Sandor , Fall, 2009, 90:5.
  • “The Language of Tenderness and Passions: Sex in Paradise” New Literary History, Fall, 2007
  • “Attending to Sarah Wight: Little Writer of God’s Wonders.”  Identity, Agency and Gender in Bunyan’s England.   Bunyan Studies 11 (2004): 94-131.


  • Rev. Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion by Lois Oppenheim (Routledge, 2012), The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Spring 2014.
  • Rev. of Are You My Mother and Fun Home Alison Bechdel in "New Voices" The American Psychoanalyst Winter, 2012.
  • Rev. With Culture in Mind, Psychoanalytic Stories Ed, Muriel Dimen in Division/Review: A Psychoanalytic Forum, 2011.
  • Rev. of A Story of Her Own: the Female Oedipus Complex, Reexamined and Renamed. Nancy Kulish and Deanna Holtzman , American Imago 68:1, Spring 2011, 139-149.
  • Rev. of The Desire of the Analysts ed. Henry Sussman, (SUNY, 2007), Intertexts, Fall, 2009.
  • Rev. of Adaptations by Phillip Freeman, American Imago, (Fall, 2008) 1123-1137.
  • Rev of  Graceful Reading, by Michael Davies.  Bunyan Studies  (Winter, 2007).

Works Forthcoming

  • The Diary of Mary Franklin, ed. Vera Camden, under commission and contract, (University of Toronto Press’ “Other Voice Series” General Editor, Elizabeth Hageman).
  • “John Bunyan and Psychoanalytic Criticism” The Oxford Handbook to John Bunyan Ed. Michael Davies, (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Invited lectures:

  • "Cartoons, Comics and Couches: The Narrative Progress of Alison Bechdel." Sixth International Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art, "Art/Object." Florence, Italy May, 2014.
  • "Alison's Autographics." University of Florida. Second Annual Symposium on the Psychological Study of the Arts, February 2014.
  • "The (Hand) Writing on the Walls: Early (Graphic) Narratives. Bowling Green State University. Novel Media: Emergent Narratives Forms From Domestic Papers to Graphic Narratives, April 2013.
  • “The Skin-Ego in the Sculpture of Ursula von Ryingsvard” invited lecture Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, Ohio February 2012
  • “John Bunyan in Prison” Seventh Triennial International John Bunyan Society Conference, Princeton University, August 2013.

Recent Presentations:

  • "Alison Bechdel's 'Autobiographics": A Skin For Thought" International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education: 24th annual interdisciplinary conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2013
  • "John Bunyan in Prison" Seventh Triennial International John Bunyan Society Conference, Princeton University, August 2013
  • “Creativity and Conscience: Bunyan in Prison and Freud’s Imprisoned Dreamer” Emory University, and the Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program, Atlanta, Georgia,  “Creativity Across the Life Cycle” April 2011(plenary).
  • “Theme and Variations in the Face of a Psychoanalytic Treatment” 16th Annual Leibert Lecture, Columbia Psychoanalytic Institute, April 2010
  • “The Unbearable Inner Light: Bunyan and the Quakers” Keele University, England, Sixth International John Bunyan Society Conference, August 2010.
  • “Opportunities for Psychoanalysis: Philadelphia and Beyond” MLA, Philadelphia, December, 2009
  • “Panel with Christopher Bollas: The Freudian Moment” MLA, San Francisco, December 2008
  • The Case of John Bunyan” Richardson Seminar, The Institute for the History of Psychiatry, Cornell University, March 21, 2007
  • "Trauma and Toleration, " Fifth International John Bunyan Society Triennial Conference on "Early Modern Religion and Literature in Old and New England," Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire,15-19 August 2007

Panels Chaired:

  • "The Living Self and the Literary Self," Chair, The Modern Language Association, January 2014.
  • "On Line and On the Couch Virtuality" Chair, The American Psychoanalytic Association, January 2014.
  • "The Other Side of Psychoanalysis" Chair, The Modern Language Association, January 2013.
Research Areas
  • Early Modern British
  • Puritan British
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Early Modern Women
Vera Camden
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-1732
Spring 2015
  • ENG 21002 - 001 Intro To Women ' S Lit
  • ENG 39395 - 001 St : Pure Heroines
  • ENG 41198 - 006 Research Assistant In English
  • ENG 78096 - 003 Individual Investigation
  • ENG 89299 - 008 Dissertation Ii
Summer 2015
  • ENG 40010 - 002 Writing Portfolio
  • ENG 89299 - 013 Dissertation Ii
Fall 2015
  • ENG 34031 - 001 Short Story
  • ENG 41198 - 003 Research Assistant In English
  • ENG 61000 - 001 Res And Ped In Crit Reading