Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English

External Address: 
302E Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
Phone: 
(919) 684-2110
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Overview

Marianna Torgovnick writes on the novel and novel theory, film, postcolonialism, modernism, and the twentieth century more generally, and especially on contemporary American culture. Her work is broadly interdisciplinary and has been taught in Art History, Anthropology, and Religion courses as well as English, Literature, and Theory. She has published Closure in the Novel (Princeton, 1981), and The Visual Arts, Pictorialism, and the Novel: James, Lawrence, and Woolf (Princeton, 1985), Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives (Chicago, 1990), and Crossing Ocean Parkway (Chicago, 1994), for which she won an American Book Award, and Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy (Knopf, 1997; paperback Chicago, 1998) and The War Complex: World War II in Our Time, about memories and perceptions of the Second War World in the Twenty First Century. She has also written series of articles for general interest publications. Professor Torgovnick currently directs The Duke in New York Arts and Media Program, taught in New York. She returns to teach America Dreams American Movies to a large enrollment each year. For more information, visit her website www.mariannatorgovnick.com

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1975

  • M.A., Columbia University 1971

  • B.A., New York University 1970

Torgovnick, M. "On Michael North’s "Reading 1922"." American Literature (2001).

Torgovnick, M. "Mixed Ethnicity: Crossing Ocean Parkway Revisited." Ed. VY Mudimbe. Diaspora and Immigration SAQ 98 (1999): 239-246.

Torgovnick, M. "On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst." Partisan Review 57 (1997): 456-66.

Torgovnick, M. "A Writer and Others." Essays in Criticism 27 (1997): 174-79.

Torgovnick, M. "A Passion for the Primitive: Dian Fossey Among the Animals." Yale Review 84 (1996): 1-25.

Torgovnick, M. "Interdisciplinarity." PMLA (1996).

TORGOVNICK, M. "TRACKING THE MENS MOVEMENT." AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY 6.1 (1994): 155-170. Full Text

Torgovnick, M. "Slasher Stories." New Formations (1993).

Torgovnick, M. "Sticks and Bones." Art Forum (1993).

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