My field of specialization is American literature, especially American Realism, American Naturalism, women’s literature, and feminist studies. I am founder and founding president of the International Dreiser Society (featured on C-SPAN). I am currently editing a collection of critical essays on the American working woman as she is depicted in late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century American literature entitled American Realisms: Essays on Genders and Literature, 1865–1950. In May 2015, I will be presenting on Theodore Dreiser and Gender in a round table discussion I organized for the American Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Boston, MA.
M.A. Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M. Phil: Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
american literature/ american realist literature / American naturalist literature/ literary criticism / female writers / gender in american literature/feminist literary theory
WORKS IN PROGRESS
American Realisms: Essays on Genders and Literature, 1865 – 1950 (working title). Collection of critical essays on working women in American literature. Ed. Miriam S. Gogol, forthcoming.
“Teaching American Literature in Post-Velvet Ostrava: The Challenge of Dialogue.” Under consideration at the Ostrava Journal of English Philology.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND EDITORSHIPS
Theodore Dreiser: Beyond Naturalism. New York University Press, 1995. Edited with a lengthy introduction. Collection of interdisciplinary essays by national and international scholars. Award, one of Choice's "Best Academic Books of 1996." Received excellent national reviews from Studies in the Novel, American Literary Realism, Dreiser Studies, Style.
Dreiser Studies, Book Editor (1999 to 2002), and Member, Editorial Board (1993 to 2002).
"Interlocking, Intermeshing Fantasies: Theodore Dreiser and 'Dearest Wilding.'" Theodore Dreiser and American Culture: New Readings. Ed. Yoshinobu Hakutani. Newark: University of Delaware Press (Associated University Presses), May 2000.
"Prospects for the Study of Theodore Dreiser." Co-authored with Paul Orlov. Resources for American Literary Study. Vol. 24, no. 1, 1998.
"Self sacrifice and Shame in Jennie Gerhardt." The Pennsylvania "Jennie Gerhardt": New Essays on the Restored Text. Ed. James L.W. West III. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
"Fanny Fern." An essay in American National Biography. Oxford University Press, Spring 1993.
Book Review, Tales of a Working Girl: Wage-Earning Women in American Literature, 1890–1925, by Laura Hapke. Dreiser Studies, Fall 1992.
Book Review, The Quest for the Reality of Life: Dreiser's Spiritual and Esthetical Pilgrimage, by Miyoko Takeda. Dreiser Studies, Spring 1992.
Book Review, After Eden: The Secularization of American Space in the Fiction of Willa Cather and Theodore Dreiser, by Conrad E. Ostwalt. Dreiser Studies, Fall 1991.
"The ‘Genius’: Theodore Dreiser's Testament to Convention." College Language Association Journal. xxxiii, 4, June 1990, 402–414.
"Dreiser's Search for a 'Religion of Life': A Psychoanalytic Reading." Dreiser Studies. Vol. 21, no. 1, Spring 1990, 21–30.
"Fanny Fern." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Short Story Writers Before 1880. Vol. 74. 1988.
Dr. Miriam S. Gogol was Dean of Mercy College's School of Liberal Arts for the last five years (2009-2014). She is presently a full Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Language, where she teaches graduate courses in gender and work and undergraduate courses in American Realism and senior-level classes in composition. Prior to her Deanship, she was the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, where she taught in the graduate American Studies Program. In 1999, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Czech Republic. Her book collection, Theodore Dreiser: Beyond Naturalism (NYU Press) won one of the Choice Awards for Best Academic Book. Having received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, her expertise lies in American literary realism and naturalism, American fiction (19th & 20th century), gender and labor studies, and composition theory.