Berkeley English Faculty

Bryan Wagner

Bryan Wagner

Associate Professor

Please email for an appointment
bwagner@berkeley.edu


Books
Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places
Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places

For many inside and outside the legal academy, the right place to look for law is in constitutions, statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the “wrong places”—sites and spaces in which no formal law appears. These may be geographi....(read more)

The Tar Baby: A Global History
The Tar Baby: A Global History

The Tar Baby offers a fresh analysis of a deceptively simple story about a wolf, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine. Examining the story's variation and reception, Bryan Wagner argues that the tar baby is best understood not merely as a ....(read more)

The Wild Tchoupitoulas
The Wild Tchoupitoulas

The Wild Tchoupitoulas is a definitive expression of the modern New Orleans sound, drawing upon carnival traditions stretching back a century. Music chanted in the streets with tambourines and makeshift percussion is transformed throughout the album ....(read more)

The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love
The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love

This anthology collects and introduces the most important versions of the Bras-Coupé story from the major phase of its development between the 1830s and the 1960s. One of the most notorious outlaws in the history of New Orleans, Bras-Coupé was a lead....(read more)

Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery
Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery

W. C. Handy waking up to the blues on a train platform, Buddy Bolden eavesdropping on the drums at Congo Square, John Lomax taking his phonograph recorder into a southern penitentiary—some foundational myths of the black vernacular remain inescapable....(read more)