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Emeritus Profile
Marcia Ian

Marcia Ian
Associate Professor Emerita of English

At Rutgers since:  1987
Retired since:  2014
Professor Ian is the author of Remembering the Phallic Mother: Psychoanalysis, Modernism and the Fetish (1993). She is currently writing a book entitled American 'Secularity': The James Family and Others, which examines the writing of Henry James, Sr., William James, and Henry James in relation to America's mythic idea of itself as a "secular" nation. She is interested more generally in the intersections (and lack thereof) of psychoanalysis, philosophy and religion, and has published essays on these subjects as well as on Henry James and, in a not entirely unrelated development, certain aspects of popular culture, especially female bodybuilding.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of Virginia
MA, University of Virginia
BA, Wellesley College

Nineteenth Century American Literature; Psychoanalysis

Remembering the Phallic Mother: Psychoanalysis, Modernism and the  Fetish
Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Issues and Problems in Literary Theory
  • Literary Theory
  • Modern Novel
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Theories of Interiority
  • Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Feminist Theory
  • Literary Modernism
  • Literary Theory
  • Modern British Novel
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • The James Famil

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