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Faculty: Marianna Torgovnick  

Marianna Torgovnick
Title: Professor of English and Literature and Director, Duke in New York Program
Office Location: 302E Allen Building
Office Phone: (919) 684-2165, (919) 684-2110
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  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1975
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1971
  • B.A., New York University, 1970

Research Interests:  

Marianna Torgovnick writes on the novel and novel theory, postcolonialism, modernism, and the twentieth century more generally, and especially on contemporary American issues. She specializes equally in British and American literature and culture. 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. Her most recent book is Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy (Knopf, 1997; paperback Chicago, 1998). Her most recent book is called The War Complex: World War II in Our Time, about memories and perceptions of the Second War World in the Twenty First Century. Professor Torgovnick is currently teaching in New York through the Duke in New York Program. For more information, visit her website

Recent Publications   (More Publications)


  • Torgovnick, M. Closure in the novel.  Princeton UP, January, 2017 (1-238 pp.).  [abs] [author's comments]
  • Torgovnick, M. The Novelist's Wife. 2015 .  [abs]
Articles in a Collection
  • Torgovnick, M. "Review of Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth’s Realism and Consensus in the English Novel."  February, 2014.
  • Torgovnick, M. "Review of Barbara Tuchman’s Edging Women Out."  February, 2014.
  • Torgovnick, M. "Review of Robert Viscusi’s Astoria."  February, 2014.

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