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Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
302E Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


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

Office Hours

Fall 2022 Semester:

By appointment on Tuesdays and Thursday 3:00-4:00 pm (304E Allen or by Zoom)

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of English · 1987 - Present English, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

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