Department of English

University of Toronto

Goldman, Marlene

Marlene Goldman
Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSC)
UTSC Office Phone: 416-287-7157
UTSC Office Location: University of Toronto at Scarborough, H321
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 906
Email: mgoldman@chass.utoronto.ca  
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

Biography
Dr. Marlene Goldman is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She specializes in contemporary Canadian literature. Her recent research focuses on the intersection between narrative and pathological modes of forgetting associated with trauma, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. She is the author of Paths of Desire (University of Toronto Press, 1997), a book on apocalyptic discourse in Canadian fiction, Rewriting Apocalypse (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2005), and (Dis)Possession (forthcoming McGill-Queen’s Press 2011). Currently, she is writing a book entitled Forgotten: Age-Related Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Canadian Literature.

Teaching and Research Interests
Canadian; Women’s Writing; Theory.

Degrees
B.F.A, M.A. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Scholarly Publications

Books (refereed)
DisPossession: Haunting in Canadian Fiction. McGill-Queen's Press, 2012.

Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction. McGill-Queen’s Press, 2005, 214 pgs

Paths of Desire: Images of Exploration and Mapping in Canadian Women's Writing. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997 (This book, while based on my thesis, includes an entirely new chapter on Jane Urquhart and significant additions to all of the chapters), 256 pgs

Guest Editor Scholarly Journals
Special Issue of UTQ, “Models of Mind and Consciousness,” co-edited with J. Matus, 79.2 (Spring 2010), 249 pgs; I co-wrote the introduction.

Special Issue of UTQ, “Ethics and Canadian Literature,” co-edited with K. Kyser 76.3 (Summer 2007), 197 pgs; I wrote the introduction.

Special Issue of UTQ, "Haunting in Canadian Culture" co-edited with J. Saul 75.2 (Spring 2006), 168 pgs; I co-wrote the introduction.

Chapters in Books (refereed)
“Talking Crow: Jane Urquhart’s AwayResurgence in Jane Urquhart’s Prose and Poetry, eds. Héliane Daziron-Ventura and Marta Dvorak. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2010. 129-144.

“Memory, Diaspora, Hysteria: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.” Memory and Migration. Ed. J. Creet and A. Kitzman, University of Toronto Press. 210-234.

“Coyote’s Children and the Canadian Gothic: Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook and Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by LightningAustralian Canadian Studies special issue on “Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic.” Eds. C. Sugars and Gerry Turcotte. 15-44. Rpt. In Unsettled Remains, ed. Sugars and Turcotte, Wilfrid Laurier P, 2009.

“The Life Wheel: Representations of Buddhism in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.” Comparative Cultural Studies and the Writing of Michael Ondaatje. ed. Steven Totosy, Purdue UP. 117-37.

“Transvestitism, Drag, and Becomings: A Deleuzian Analysis of the Fictions of Timothy Findley.” Deleuze and Literature, ed. Ian Buchanan and John Marks. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2000. 194-228.

“Margaret Atwood’s Wilderness Tips: Apocalyptic Cannibal Fiction,” Etudes Canadiennes 46 (1999): 93-110. Rpt. in Eating Their Words: Cannibalism and the Boundaries of Cultural Identity, ed. Kristen Guest, SUNY P, 2001. 167-85

“The End(s) of Myth: Apocalyptic and Prophetic Fictions in Headhunter" ECW 64 (1998): 32-55. Rpt. in Paying Attention: Critical Essays on Timothy Findley. Ed. Anne Geddes Bailey and Karen Grandy. Toronto: ECW, 1998. 32-55.

"Go North Young Woman: Representations of the Arctic in the Writings of Aritha van Herk." Echoing Silence: Essays on Arctic Narrative. Ed. John Moss. University of Ottawa P, 1997. 153-62. A version of this essay was reprinted in Aritha van Herk, ed. C. Verduyn by Guernica P, 2000. 31-44.

“Translating the Sublime: Jane Urquhart's The Whirlpool,” Canadian Literature 150 (1996): 23-42. Rpt. Jane Uquhart: Essays on Her Works. Ed. by Laura Ferri, University of Siena, Italy, 2005. 83-114.

“A Taste of the Wild: a Critique of Representations of Natives as Cannibals in Late-Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Canadian Exploration Literature.” Literary Studies East and West 10 (1996): 43-64.

"Naming the Unspeakable: the Mapping of Female Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." International Women's Writing: New Landscapes of Self. Eds. Marjanne Goozé and Anne Brown. Wesport, CT: Greenwood, 1995. 223-32.

Articles in journals (refereed)
“Madness, Masculinity, and Magic in Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business.” UTQ special issue on Robertson Davies, Ed. Russell Brown and Donna Bennett 78.4 (Fall 2009): 991-999.

“Ethics, Spectres, and Formalism in Sheila Watson’s The Double HookEnglish Studies in Canada. (2009): 33.1-2: 189-208.

“Coyote’s Children and the Canadian Gothic: Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook and Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by LightningAustralian Canadian Studies special issue on “Canadian Literature and the Postocolonial Gothic.” 24.2 (2006): 15-44. Eds. C. Sugars and Gerry Turcotte.

“Mapping the Door of No Return: Deterritorialization and the Work of Dionne Brand.” Canadian Literature 182 (Autumn 2004): 13-28.

“Encounters with Alterity: The Role of the Sublime in Susanna Moodie’s and Jane Urquhart’s Writing. Etudes Canadiennes/Canadian Studies 53 (Dec 2003) 101-116.

“A Dangerous Circuit: Loss and the Boundaries of Racialized Subjectivity in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan and Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field.” Modern Fiction Studies 48.2 (Summer 2002): 362-388.

“A Powerful Joy: Ondaatje’s English Patient and Revelatory Allegory.” University of Toronto Quarterly 70.4 (Fall 2001): 902-22. Special Issue on The Visionary Tradition in Canadian Writing, eds. R. Brown and J.R. Struthers.

“Margaret Atwood's Wilderness Tips: Apocalyptic Cannibal Fiction” Etudes Canadiennes 46 (1999): 93-110. Rpt. in Eating Their Words: Cannibalism and the Boundaries of Cultural Identity, ed. Kristen Guest, SUNY P, 2001. 167-85

“Mapping and Dreaming Native Resistance in Green Grass, Running WaterCanadian Literature (special issue on Thomas King) 161(1999): 18-41.

“The End(s) of Myth: Apocalyptic and Prophetic Fictions in Headhunter" ECW 64 (1998): 32-55. Rpt. in Paying Attention: Critical Essays on Timothy Findley. Ed. Anne Geddes Bailey and Karen Grandy. Toronto: ECW, 1998. 32_55.

“Go North Young Woman: Representations of the Arctic in the Writings of Aritha van Herk.” Echoing Silence: Essays on Arctic Narrative. Ed. John Moss. University of Ottawa P, 1997. 153-62. A version of this essay was reprinted in Aritha van Herk, ed. C. Verduyn. Guernica P, 2000. 31-44.

“Translating the Sublime: Jane Urquhart's The Whirlpool.” Canadian Literature 150 (1996): 23-42. Rpt. Jane Uquhart: Essays on Her Works. Ed. Laura Ferri, University of Siena, Italy, 2005.

"Earth-quaking the Kingdom of the Male Virgin: A Deleuzian Analysis of Aritha van Herk's No Fixed Address and Places Far From Ellesmere," Canadian Literature 13 (1993): 9-21.

"A Genealogy for Lost Women: Daphne Marlatt's Ana Historic," Resources for Feminist Research 21.3+4 (1992): 33-38.

"Penning in the Bodies: The Construction of Gendered Subjects in Alice Munro's 'Boys and Girls.'" Studies in Canadian Literature 15.1 (1990): 62-75.

Papers in conference proceedings (refereed)
“Spirit Possession and the Transformation of Space in the Fiction of Dionne Brand.” Urban and Other Spaces in Canadian Women’s Fiction. University of Innsbruck, Germany, Nov. 23-24, 2007. My keynote address and the conference proceedings appears in Spaces and Gender: Spaces of Difference in Canadian Women’s Writing, eds. Doris g. Eibl and Caroline Rosenthal. University of Innsbruck Press, 2009. 95-108.

“War and the Game of Representation in Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient,” Re-Constructing the Fragments of Michael Ondaatje’s Works. Ed. Jean-Michel Lacroix. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1999. 181-93. [Proceedings of the Ondaatje Symposium]

“Memory and History in the Writings of Timothy Findley.” Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) at the University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 19-24, 1996. [CDROM], MIT Press, 1998.

Review Articles
Omnibus review of "New Authors--Fiction 1995" for "Letters in Canada." University of Toronto Quarterly 66 (1996/7): 229-44.

Omnibus review of "Established Authors--Fiction 1994" for "Letters in Canada." University of Toronto Quarterly. 65.1 (1995): 1-17

Book Reviews
“You Can Never Go Home Again.” Rev. of Eric Wright’s Finding Home and Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s Turtle Valley. Canadian Literature (Autumn 2008): 179-80.

“There Be Monsters Here.” Rev. of Justin Edwards Gothic Canada. (U of Alberta P) for Canadian Literature 191 (2006): 114- 115.

“The Trickster Discourse of Thomas King.” Rev. of Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions by Jennifer Andrews et. al. Canadian Literature 183 (Winter 2004): 117-18.

“Rev. of Maggie Helwig. Real Bodies.” University of Toronto Quarterly’s Letters in Canada 2002: 73.1

Writing a Politics of Perception: Memory, Holography, and Women Writers in Canada by D. Thompson.” University of Toronto Quarterly’s ‘Letters in Canada 2000,’ 71.1 (Winter 2000-01): 392-93.

Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism by Anne Geddes Baily.” University of Toronto Quarterly. ‘Letters in Canada 1998,’ 69.1 (Winter 1999/2000): 340-42.

"The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart." Canadian Literature 161 (1999): 245-47.

"Taken by Daphne Marlatt." Canadian Literature 159 (1998): 185-86.

"Schools of Sympathy by Nancy Roberts.” University of Toronto Quarterly 'Letters in Canada 1997,’ 68.1(1998-99): 393-94.

"Enduring Dreams: an Exploration of Arctic Landscape by John Moss." Arctic 48.4 (1995): 393-94.

"Mapping Our Selves: Canadian Women's Autobiography in English by Helen M. Buss." University of Toronto Quarterly 64.1 (1994): 188-89.

"Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature by Susan Rubin Suleiman." Toronto Star 2 July 1994: H13.

"Literary Images of Ontario by W.J. Keith." Zeitschrift Fur Kanada Studien 2 (1994): 165-67.

"Road to the Stilt House by David Adams Richards." Malahat Review 76 (1986): 154.

"Glass Houses by Tom Marshal." Malahat Review 75 (1986): 117-19.

"Raspberry Vinegar by Joan Fern Shaw." Malahat Review 75 (1986): 121.

"A Book for Couples: A Guide to Relationships by Hugh and Gayle Prather." Heartwood 7.1 (1988): 2-4.

"The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property by Lewis Hyde." Heartwood 6.1 (1987): 25.

Current Research
Recognizing Canadian writers’ unique contribution to cultural understandings of age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s, my current book project, Forgotten: Age-Related Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Canadian Literature, analyses how Canadian aesthetic narratives engage with, critique, extend, and at times resist the findings of contemporary, cutting-edge biomedical research. Although my primary focus is Canadian literature, my study contextualizes literary discourses within the larger context of the historical conversations ranging from the late nineteenth century to the present among scientific, cultural, and literary depictions of age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s. The overlaps and tensions between complementary and at times competing discourses—biomedical, media, and aesthetic—offer rich ground for the analysis of the political and ethical stakes involved in conceptualizing age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s.


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