David J. Gorman

David Gorman

Associate Professor

Critical Theory, Comparative Literature

Office: RH 215A
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

  • "The Future of Literary Study: An Experiment in Guesswork." Modern Literature Quarterly 72.1 (2011): 1-18.
  • "Teaching Character and Characterization." Options for Teaching Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Brian McHale, and James Phelan. New York: MLA, 2010. 165-80.
  • With John Schaeffer. “Ong and Derrida on Presence: A Conflict of Traditions?” Educational Philosophy and Theory40 (2008): 856-72.
  • “Architext,” “Fiction, Theories of,” “Paratext,” and “Truth.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. New York: Routledge, 2005. 26, 163-67, 419, 621-22.
  • Entry on Gérard Genette. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd ed. Ed. Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2004. 430-33.
  • "The Use and Abuse of Speech-Act Theory for Criticism." Poetics Today 20 (1999): 93-119.

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