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.
18th-20th century Anglophone literatures and cultures
How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism 1719-1900.
Columbia University Press,
Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism.
Harvard University Press,
(with Leonard Tennenhouse) The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life.
University of California Press,
Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel.