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Marianna Torgovnick, Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Marianna Torgovnick
Office Location:  302E Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2741
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Teaching (Summer1 2021):

  • English 313.01, Internship in ny Synopsis
    Online on, MTuWThF 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ARTHIST 312.01, THEATRST 214.01, VMS 296.01)
Office Hours:

By appointment only.

  • Ph.D. Columbia University 1975
  • M.A. Columbia University 1971
  • B.A. New York University 1970


American Literature
Modern to Contemporary
Postcolonial Literature
British Literature
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). She is now writing a study called Saving World War II, about memories and perceptions as the century ends. 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)
  1. Torgovnick, M. Closure in the novel.  Princeton UP, January, 2017: 1-238.  [abs]
  2. Torgovnick, M. The Novelist's Wife. 2015.  [abs]
  3. Torgovnick, M. "Review of Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth’s Realism and Consensus in the English Novel." Eighteenth Century: a Current Bibliography  (February, 2014).
  4. Torgovnick, M. "Review of Barbara Tuchman’s Edging Women Out." Modern Philology  (February, 2014).
  5. Torgovnick, M. "Review of Robert Viscusi’s Astoria." Italian Americana  (February, 2014).

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