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Emeritus Profile

Dianne F. Sadoff
Professor Emerita of English

At Rutgers since:  2006
Retired since:  2016

"I’m the type of life-long learner who likes to learn a new discourse for every project. I take pride in my ability to teach students the pleasures and skills of interdisciplinarity. My students learn to apply the discourses of political science and history to the study of fiction and the tools of gender studies, psychoanalysis, and the history of feminism’s emergence to the study of women writers. In my film and literature classes, I teach students to read film through the lens of aesthetic, visual-culture, and historical analysis and to understand the difference that media makes to the study of narrative structure and situation. By teaching my students in an interdisciplinary way, I hope to inspire them to become life-long learners too. "

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of Rochester
MA, Oregon State University
BA, Oberlin College

Film and Cinema Studies; Victorian Literature


Victorian Vogue

Sciences of the Flesh: Representing Body and Subject in  Psychoanalysis

Monsters of Affection: Dickens, Eliot, and Brontë on Fatherhood

Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth  Century

Teaching Contemporary Theory to Undergraduates

Other Publications
  • “Charles Dickens”
    (co-edited with John Kucich) The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (ed. Nancy Armstrong, 2006)
  • “‘Appeals to Incalculability’: Sex, Costume Drama, and The Golden Bowl
    Henry James Review
    23, 2002
  • “‘Hallucinations of Intimacy’: The Henry James Movies”
    Henry James at the Movies
  • “Histories of the Present”
    Victorian Afterlife: Contemporary Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century (co-edited with John Kucich, 2000)
  • “‘Intimate Disarray’: The Henry James Movies”
    Henry James Review
    19.3, Fall 1998
  • "The Father, Castration, and Female Fantasy in Jane Eyre"
    Jane Eyre: A Casebook (ed. Beth Newman, 1996)
  • "'Experiments Made By Nature': Mapping the Nineteenth-Century Hysterical Body" 
    Victorian Newsletter
    81, Spring l992
  • "Looking at Tess: The Female Figure in Two Narrative Media"
    The Sense of Sex: Feminist Perspectives on Thomas Hardy
    (ed. Margaret Higgonet, 1992)
  • "Romola: Trauma, Memory, and Repression"
    George Eliot
    (ed. K.M. Newton 1992)
Undergraduate Courses Taught
  • Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Theories of Genre - Novel
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002-3
  • Visiting Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley, l991-2
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1990-1
  • Editorial Board, Neo-Victorian Studies, 2007-
  • Editorial Board, Atlantis, 2005-
Other Information of Interest

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 Undergraduate Students


Graduate Program in English


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