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

HENKLE, RB, DUYFHUIZEN, B, SPILKA, M, ALTIERI, C, LANGBAUM, R, TORGOVNICK, M, WEED, E, CROSBY, C, FLEISHMAN, A, GOODHEART, E, COHAN, S, GREENE, G, and KOELB, C. "DISCUSSION + REGARDING WHY THE NOVEL MATTERS." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 21.2-3 (1988): 345-359.

TORGOVNICK, M. "DID WE MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS + REGARDING WHY THE NOVEL MATTERS." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 21.2-3 (1988): 341-344.

Torgovnick, M. "The Godfather as the World’s Most Typical Novel." South Atlantic Quarterly 87 (1987): 329-53.

Torgovnick, M. "Closure 1986." Victorian Newsletter (1987).

Torgovnick, M. "Review of David Lubin’s Acts of Portrayal." American Literature (1987). (Review)

TORGOVNICK, M. "CLOSURE AND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL, 1986." VICTORIAN NEWSLETTER 71 (1987): 4-6.

TORGOVNICK, M. "ICONOLOGY - IMAGE, TEXT, IDEOLOGY - MITCHELL,WJT." CRITICISM-A QUARTERLY FOR LITERATURE AND THE ARTS 29.4 (1987): 556-557.

TORGOVNICK, M. "ACT OF PORTRAYAL - EAKINS, SARGENT, JAMES - LUBIN,DM." AMERICAN LITERATURE 58.4 (December 1986): 643-644. Full Text

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