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EIU Department of English


Dr. Marjorie Worthington, Professor of English

Office: 3321 - Coleman Hall

Fall 2021 office hours: MF 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  

Marjorie Worthington received her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, her master's from the University of Missouri and her PhD from Indiana University. She teaches courses in American literature and focuses her research on subjects related to contemporary, particularly experimental, fiction. Her work has appeared in journals such as LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory;Twentieth-Century Literature;Studies in the Novel; and Critique. Her book The Story of "Me": Contemporary American Autofiction was published in November, 2018 by The University of Nebraska Press.



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PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2000

MA, University of Missouri, 1995

AB, Dartmouth College, 1990


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Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, postmodernism, metafiction, women’s studies, feminist and narrative theory.


Selected Publications

“The Chatter of a Parrot:The Final Solution and Postmodern Detective Fiction.” in Michael Chabon’s America: Magical Words, Secret Worlds and Sacred Spaces. eds. Robert Batchelor and Jesse Kavadlo. New York: Roman & Littlefield, 2014. 127-141.
“Ghosts of Our Fathers: Spectral Authorship and Authenticity in Ellis’s Lunar Park.Papers on Language and Literature. 50.1 (Winter 2014): 59-89.
 “The Texts of Tech: Technology and Authorial Control in Geek Love and Galatea 2.2.” JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory. 39.1 (Winter 2009): 109-133.
 “The Motherless “Disney Princess”: Marketing Mothers Out of the Picture.” Mommy Angst: Motherhood in American Popular Culture. Eds. Ann C. Hall and Mardia Bishop. New York: Praeger, 2009: 29-46.
 “The Novel Construction of the Writer: Symbiotic Texts, Parasitic Authors in The Golden Notebook.” Literature and the Writer. Ed. Michael Meyer. New York: Rodopi Press, 2005.
“‘The Territory Named Women’s Bodies’: The Public and Pirate Spaces of Kathy Acker.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. 15.1 (Fall 2004): 1-20.
“Bodies That Natter: Virtual Translations and Transmissions of the Physical.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 43.2 (Winter 2002): 192-208.
“Done With Mirrors: Restoring the Authority Lost in John Barth's Funhouse.” Twentieth-Century Literature. 47.1 (Spring 2001): 114-136.
“Posthumous Posturing: The Subversive Power of Death in American Women’s Fiction.” Studies in the Novel. 32.2 (Summer 2000): 242-262.


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