Duke University Linguistics Program

    Nancy Armstrong
  • Nancy Armstrong

  • Gilbert, Louis, and Edward Lehrman Professor of English and Editor, Novel: A Forum on Fiction
  • English
  • 305A Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 613 6827
  • Fax: (919) 613-6842
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014
    Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 PM (305 Allen)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Nancy Armstrong is the Gilbert, Louis, and Edward Lehrman Professor of English. She teaches courses in the novel, eighteenth through twenty-first century literatures and cultures in English, and critical theory, and she serves as editor of the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction, a position she has held since 1996. Armstrong has devoted her career to explaining how novels imagine a world that can be inhabited (or not) in specific ways by historically and culturally variable readerships. At the moment, she is co-authoring a book with Leonard Tennenhouse titled "The Conversion Effect: Early American Aspects of the Novel" and writing essays about contemporary fiction.
  • Specialties

    • The Novel
    • 18th-20th century Anglophone literatures and cultures
    • Critical Theory
  • Selected Publications

      • How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism 1719-1900.
      • Columbia University Press,
      • 2005.
      • Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism.
      • Harvard University Press,
      • 1999.
      • with
      • Leonard Tennenhouse.
      • The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life.
      • University of California Press,
      • 1992.
      • Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 1987.
      • with Warren Montag.
      • "The Future of the Human."
      • Special issue of differences
      • 20.2-3
      • (2009)
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  • PhD Students

  • Teaching

    • ENGLISH 890S.01
      • SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR
      • Perkins 070
      • M 04:55 PM-07:25 PM