David J. Gorman

David Gorman

Associate Professor

Critical Theory, Comparative Literature

Office: RH 233
Email: dgorman@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Columbia University; 1989
  • M.A. Columbia University; 1979
  • B.A. Columbia College, NY; 1977

Professional Interests

I have published in various formats on the history and theory of literary study, including essays, reviews, bibliographies, translations and entries in reference works. I also have strong interests in philosophy (especially the philosophy of language) and in classics (especially the history of the classical tradition). As a generalist by vocation, after a few drinks I will admit that my central interest is in literature as a whole.

Selected Publications

  • “Shklovsky and Narrative Theory.” Viktor Shklovsky’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Philosophy. Ed. Slav Gratchev and Howard Mancing. Lexington Books, 2019. 65-78. 

  • Co-editor (with Michelle Zerba). Norton Critical Edition of the Poetics of Aristotle. Norton, 2018. 

  • “Russian Formalism.” The Blackwell Companion to Literary Theory. Ed. David H. Richter. Wiley, 2018. 37-47. 

  • Coeditor (with Kenneth Womack), special issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 19.2 (2017): Cultivating Humanity: The Literary and Moral Thought of Martha Nussbaum

  • “Ideology in Light of the Theory of Meaning.” Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions. Ed. Sanja Bahun and Dušan Radunovic. Ashgate P, 2012. 59-74. 

  • "The Future of Literary Study: An Experiment in Guesswork." Modern Literature Quarterly 72.1 (2011): 1-18.