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Art, Art History and Film

Pamela Berger

fine arts department

photo of Pamela Berger



Ph.D., New York University, 1974

Devlin Hall 426

Fields of Interest

Medieval Art History; the making of historical feature films, (including research for scripting, scriptwriting, art-historical research for production design, story boarding, directing, and post production).

Academic Profile

Professor Berger is a filmmaker who has written, produced, and/or directed three feature films. Sorceress is about a medieval woman who is accused of being a heretic but is actually a healer. It was shot in both English, Sorceress (English Language Version), and French, as Sorceress (French with English Subtitles). Both versions are now available on DVD. The second film, which she wrote, produced and directed, is The Imported Bridegroom. It’s a comedy set in Boston in 1900 about a father who tries to find, back in the Old Country, a perfect bridegroom for his Americanized daughter. She takes one look at the boy he brings back and is appalled. This film is also in DVD. The third film, Killian’s Chronicle: The Magic Stone, is about an Irish slave who escapes from a Viking ship and is rescued by Native Americans five hundred years before the arrival of Columbus.

Professor Berger teaches Medieval Art, from 300 CE through 1425. Her special interest is Iconography, i.e., the meaning of the image in the context of its time, and most of her research deals with iconographic interpretation.


Sorceress (English Language Version) and Sorceress (French with English Subtitles), 1987, Story, co-scriptwriter, producer.

bookcover of The Story and Scripting of Sorceress

Pamela Berger, "The Story and Scripting of Sorceress: A Companion Booklet to the DVDs" of Sorceress (English Language Version) and Sorceress (French with English Subtitles)." More information on The Sorceress.

bookcover of The Imported Bridegroom

The Imported Bridegroom, 1989 (based on a story by Abraham Cahan), scriptwriter, producer, director.

bookcover of Killian’s Chronicle: The Magic Stone

Killian’s Chronicle: The Magic Stone, 1994, scriptwriter, producer, director. 



  • The Crescent on the Temple, (Leiden: Brill) 2012.
  • “Jewish-Muslim Veneration at Pilgrimage Places in the Holy Land," Religion and the Arts, 15, 2011, 1-60.
  • "The Temples/Tabernacles in the Dura Synagogue Paintings." Dura Europos, Crossroads of Antiquity. Edited by Lisa R. Brody and Gail L. Hoffman, 2011.
  • "Judges 19: A Perverse Version of Hospitality as Illustrated in the Bible Moralisée." New Aradia Review, Vol. 4, 2011. [electronic publication].
  • “Mice, Arrows and Tumors: Medieval Plague Iconography North of the Alps, in Piety and the Plague, Franco Mormando, editor, Truman State University Press, 2007.
  • “Avarice, Money and Judgment Day,” in Sacred/Secular, edited by Nancy Netzer and Virginia Reinberg, McMullen Museum, 2006.
  • “The Depiction of Jews in Early Passion Iconography,” in Pondering the Passion, edited by Philip A. Cunningham, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2004.
  • "Sacred Landscapes: Two Watercolors by George Petrie," Eire/Land, edited by Vera Kreilkamp, 2003.
  • “Archaeology, Iconography, and the Recreation of the Past in Iron Age Holy Lands,” Religion and the Arts, 6, 4, 2002, 499-506.
  • "Crusade and Jihad: The Wars Known as Holy," Religion and the Arts, 5, 4, 2001, 484-484.
  • "Sculpted Body Parts from Ancient Healing Sanctuaries," in The Plume and the Palette, edited by Pamela Berger and Jeffery Howe, New York, Peter Lang, Inc. 2001.
  • "Grain Miracle" Medieval Folklore, An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs, Carl Lindahl, John McNamara, & John Lindow, editors, ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, California, 2000, 444-446.
  • "The Roots of Anti-Semitism in Medieval Visual Imagery: An Overview," Religion and the Arts, Spring, 2000.
  • "Images of Animosity, Visions of Vengeance," Religion and the Arts, Volume 3-1 (1999).
  • "Modern Propagators of Ancient Legends and Traditions: Mythic Memory or Serendipity?" in Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists, 1997, 57-62.
  • "The Film Sorceress: A Twentieth-century Recreation of a Medieval Memory," Memory in the Middle Ages, ed. by Nancy Netzer and Virginia Reinberg, 1995.
  • "The Star System: A Mediated Form of Censorship in the Creative Process of Filmmaking," Agni, Vol. 31/32.
  • "The Historical, the Sacred, the Romantic: Medieval Texts into Irish Watercolor," in Visualizing Ireland, Faber & Faber, 1993.
  • The Goddess Obscured, Beacon Press, Boston, 1985.
  • "The Bisexual Deity at Les Bolards and Gallo-Roman Springwater Therapies," Révue Archéologique de l'Est, Fall 1984.
  • "Many-Shaped Art, Archaeology, and the Tain," Eire-Irland, Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 1982.
  • The Insignia in the Notitia Dignitatum, (Garland, New York, 1981).
  • "The Ardagh Chalice, Numerology, and the Stowe Missal," Eire-Ireland, Vol. 4, No. 3, Fall 1979.
  • "Two Insignia from the Notitia Dignitatum," in Inscape, 1978.


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