Morris Dickstein
Position: Distinguished Professor
Program: Theatre and Performance
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-7210
Office Hours: By Appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Yale University.
Research Interests: Contemporary literature and American studies; urban and ethnic fiction; realism and modernism; cultural criticism; English Romantic poetry; film genre and film history; politics and literature; literary journalism, literary criticism, and public intellectuals.
Morris Dickstein, a well-known literary and cultural critic, teaches courses in modern fiction, film studies, Romantic poetry, and American cultural history. Among his eight books on British and American literature and culture are Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties (1977; 1997), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism; A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (2005; pbk., 2007); and Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (2009; pbk., 2010), which received the Ambassador Book Award in American Studies. His study of postwar fiction appeared in the Cambridge History of American Literature (Vol. 7, 1999). Among the publications he has edited are The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture (1998) and collections of essays on Robert Frost, James Baldwin, and The Great Gatsby.
Formerly a contributing editor of Partisan Review (1972–2003), Dickstein has published widely in scholarly journals and high-profile newspapers such as the New York Times Book Review, the American Scholar, the Nation, Dissent, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum, and the Times Literary Supplement (London). He has an abiding interest in film and served as film critic of the Bennington Review and Partisan Review and as an adviser for Joseph Dorman’s Arguing the World, a documentary film about New York intellectuals. His service to professional organizations includes: National Book Critics Circle board member (1983–89); vice chair, New York Council for the Humanities (1997–2001); vice president (2005–06) and president (2006–07), Association of Literary Scholars and Critics; member, National Society of Film Critics (1983–); and fellow, New York Institute for Humanities (1986–).Dickstein’s papers and personal archive have been acquired by the New York Public Library. For further information, see his website: