Nancy Armstrong has served as editor of the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction since 1996 and serves as co-organizer of The Novel Project at Duke, a faculty research seminar. Her scholarship explains how novels imagine a world that can be inhabited (or not) in specific ways by historically and culturally variable readerships. Currently focused on the contemporary novel, she continues to address questions of how modern cultures imagine themselves as a political society: Have, do, or can novels imagine alternative social formations? What narrative mechanisms make it possible for them to do so? How do novels presume to change their readers in the process? How do these "arguments" against the status quo engage political theories that attempt the same feat? Can any such alternative leave the formation we call "the family" intact?
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1977
- B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo 1966
- Undergraduate, Biology, Wellesley College 1956 - 1958
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. Novels in the Time of Democratic Writing (Accepted). Haney Foundation, December 26, 2017.
The Ideology of Conduct: (Routledge Revivals) Essays in Literature and the History of Sexuality. Ed. L Tennenhouse and N Armstrong. Routledge, 2014. (Edited Book)
The Violence of Representation (Routledge Revivals): Literature and the History of Violence. Ed. N Armstrong and L Tennenhouse. December 2, 2013. (Edited Book)
Theories of the Novel Now, I, II, III. Ed. N Armstrong. 2011. (Edited Book)
The Future of the Human. Ed. N Armstrong and W Montag. 2009. (Edited Book)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Ed. DS Kastan and N Armstrong. Oxford University Press, 2006. (Edited Book)
Armstrong, N. How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism 1719-1900. Columbia University Press, 2005.
Armstrong, N. Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism. Harvard University Press, 1999.
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life. University of California Press, 1992.
Deseo y ficción doméstica: Una Historia Política De La Novela. Trans. N Armstrong. Universitat de València, January 1991.
Armstrong, N. "Adoption and the Construction of Kinship in Late Imperial China, by Ann Waltner." Signs 18.2 (1993): 433-438.
Armstrong, N. "Other Women: The Writing of Race, Class, and Gender 1832-1898, by Anita Levy." Signs 18.2 (1993): 433-438.
Armstrong, N. "The Modernist Madonna: Semiotics of the Maternal Metaphor by Jane Van Buren." Signs 18.2 (1989): 433-438.
Armstrong, N. "Mother Midnight: Birth, Sex, and Fate in Eighteenth Century Fiction (Defoe, Richardson, and Sterne) by Robert A. Erickson." Eighteenth-Century Studies 22.2 (1989): 264-268.
Armstrong, N. "Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens by John Kucich." Nineteenth-Century Literature 44.4 (1987): 556-560.
Armstrong, N. "Victorian Women's Freedom: Marriage, Freedom, and the Individual." Victorian Studies 30.2 (1987): 292-284.
Armstrong, N. "Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality, by John Maynard." Victorian Studies 29.3 (1986): 483-485.
Armstrong, N. "The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen by Poovey." MLN 99 (1984): 1251-1257.
Armstrong, N. "Sexuality and Victorian Literature." Victorian Studies 29.3 (1984): 483-485.
Armstrong, N. "The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation by Blake Stimson." Modernism/Modernity 14.2: 382-384.
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. "Balibar and the Citizen Subject." Just Like a Woman: Balibar on the Politics of Reproduction. Ed. W Montag and H Elsayed. Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 284-308. (Chapter)
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. "How to Imagine Community Without Property." de Homenagem a Maria Irene Ramalho Santos: American Literature In a Comparative Context. Impressa da Universidade de Comimbra, 2016. (Chapter)
Tennenhouse, , and Armstrong, N. "The Network Novel and How It Unsettled the Domestic Fiction." Ed. S Arata, J Wicke, and J Hunter. Blackwell’s, 2014. 103-120.
Armstrong, N. "On Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, 24 February 1871." BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. D Felluga. 2013. (Chapter)
Armstrong, N. "The Sensation Novel." The Oxford History of the Novel in English Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880. Ed. J Kucich and JB Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2011. 137-153. (Chapter)
Armstrong, N. "The Other Side of Modern Individualism: Locke and Defoe." Individualism: The Cultural Logic of Modernity. Ed. Z Meer. Lexington Books, 2011. 111-120. (Chapter)
Armstrong, N. "When Sexuality Meets Gender in the Victorian Novel." The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Ed. D David. Cambridge University Press, 2010. 97-124. (Chapter)
Armstrong, N. "Afterword." Modernist Star Maps. Ed. J Goldman and A Jaffe. Ashgate, 2010. 237-244. (Afterword)
Armstrong, N. "When gender meets sexuality in the Victorian novel." The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. January 1, 2009. 170-192. Full Text
Armstrong, N. "Looking Backward: the Victorian Origins of the Neoliberal Household." Victorian Literature and Culture (2018).
Armstrong, N. "Disavowal and Domestic Fiction: The Problem of Social Reproduction." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (2018).
Armstrong, N. "One or Several Jane Eyres." Victorian Review: an interdisciplinary journal of victorian studies (2017).
Armstrong, N. "Do Wasps Just Want to Have Fun? Darwin and the Question of Variation." differences 27.3 (December 2016): 1-19. Full Text
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. "Recalling Cora: Family Resemblances in The Last of the Mohicans." American Literary History 28.2 (April 2016): 223-245. Full Text
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. "Recalling Cora: Family Resemblances in the Last of the Mohicans." American Literary History 28 (2016): 1-23. (Essay)
Armstrong, N, and Tennenhouse, L. "Novels before Nations: How Early US Novels Imagined Community." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 42.4 (2015): 353-369. Full Text
Armstrong, N. "The affective turn in contemporary fiction." Contemporary Literature 55.3 (January 1, 2014): 441-465.
Lansdowne Lecturer. Univeristy of Victoria. April 2009