Department of English

University of Toronto

Morgenstern, Naomi

Naomi Morgenstern
Associate Professor of English and American Literature; Graduate Faculty; Morgenstern
Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Office Phone: 416-946-3454
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building,  Room 625
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Thursdays 3:15-4.45 pm

BA (Haverford)  PhD (Cornell)

Naomi Morgenstern is Associate Professor of English and American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She specializes in psychoanalytic and post-structuralist critical theory and gender studies and teaches courses in nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature. She is the author of Wild Child: Intensive Parenting and Posthumanist Ethics in Contemporary North American Fiction (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press) as well as essays on a range of American writers (Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, David Mamet, among others) and on the short stories of Alice Munro.


“’Life After Life’: Survival in the (Late) Fiction of Alice Munro,” forthcoming in Exquisite Shame: Ethics and Affects in Alice Munro, eds. Amelia De Falco and Lorraine York (Basingstoke: PalgraveMacmillan, 2017).

"Post-Apocalyptic Responsibility: Patriarchy at the End of the World in Cormac McCarthy's The Road." differences: a Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 25.2 (Summer 2014): 33-61. 

"Maternal Love/Maternal Violence: Inventing Ethics in Toni Morrison's A Mercy." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 39.1 (Spring 2014): 7-29.

"The University in Crisis: Teaching, Tenure, and Transference in David Mamet's Oleanna" Cultural Critique (Fall 2012): 1-33.

“Seduction and Subjectivity: Psychoanalysis and the Fiction of Alice Munro” in Charles May, ed., Critical Insights: Alice Munro (Ipswich, Mass.: Salem Press, 2012).

“The Remains of Friendship and the Ethics of Misreading: Emerson, Thoreau, Melville" ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 57.3 (2011): 241-73.

"Literature Reads Theory: Remarks on Teaching with Toni Morrison," University of Toronto Quarterly 74.3 (Summer 2005): 816-28.

"The Afterlife of Coverture: Contract and Gift in The Ballad of the Sad Café," differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 16:1 (2005): 103-25. Reprinted in Harold Bloom ed., Carson McCullers. (New York: Chelsea House, 2009): 127-48.

"Marriage and Contract in the Early United States: Charles Brockden Brown's Alcuin and Ormond," in Shirley Samuels, ed., A Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004. 108-18.

"The Oedipus Complex Made Simple," University of Toronto Quarterly, 72.4 (October 2003): 777-88.

"The Baby or the Violin? Ethics and Femininity in the Fiction of Alice Munro," Literature, Interpretation, Theory 14.2 (2003): 69-97. Reprinted in Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology 3rd edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017): 422-42.

"The Primal Scene in the Public Domain: E.L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel" (Studies in the Novel 35.1 [Spring 2003]: 68-88)

"'There is nothing else like this': Sex and Citation in Pornogothic Feminism" (Genders 25 [1997]: 39-67)

"'Love is home-sickness': Nostalgia and Lesbian Desire in Sapphira and the Slave Girl" (Novel 29.2 [Winter 1996]: 184-205)

"Mother's Milk and Sister's Blood: Trauma and the Neoslave Narrative" (differences 8.2 [Summer 1996]: 101-126)


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