Sadoff, Dianne F.

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Tel: (848) 932-8193

Office: Murray Hall | Room 044, College Avenue Campus


Ph.D., University of Rochester

M.A., Oregon State University

B.A., Oberlin College

Research Interests

Film and Cinema Studies; Victorian Literature

Biographical Notes

Professor Sadoff is the type of life-long learner who likes to learn a new discourse for every project. She takes pride in her ability to teach students the pleasures and skills of interdisciplinarity. Her 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 her film and literature classes, she teaches 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 her students in an interdisciplinary way, she hopes to inspire them to become life-long learners too.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 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

Selected Publications


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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)

Courses Offered


  • Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Theories of Genre - Novel

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Neo-Victorian Studies, 2007-
  • Editorial Board, Atlantis, 2005-

Other Information of Interest:

"Dianne F. Sadoff" - New Faculty Profile
by Carolyn Williams (Future Traditions Magazine, Issue 1)