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. "Gesture and Meaning in The Golden Bowl." Twentieth-Century Literature (1980): 445-57.

Torgovnick, M. "Pictorial Elements in 'Women in Love': The Uses of Insinuation and Visual Rhyme." Contemporary Literature 21.3 (1980): 420-434. Full Text

TORGOVNICK, M. "GESTURAL PATTERN AND MEANING IN THE 'GOLDEN BOWL'." TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE 26.4 (1980): 445-457.

Torgovnick, M. "Teaching Freshman English: Observations of a Former Urban Adjunct Instructor." Improving College and University Teaching 27 (1979): 147-52.

Torgovnick, M. "Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber, and the Suppressed Debate about the Oceanic." solicited by Modernism/Modernity.

Torgovnick, M. "Review of Robert Viscusi’s Astoria." Italian Americana. (Review)

Torgovnick, M. "Review of Barbara Tuchman’s Edging Women Out." Modern Philology. (Review)

Torgovnick, M. "Review of Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth’s Realism and Consensus in the English Novel." Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. (Review)

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