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Faculty - Naomi Jacobs

Naomi Jacobs
Professor of English
407 Neville Hall
(207) 581-3804

OFFICE HOURS – Spring 2016

Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:15 PM, and Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30 AM


Utopian Literature, Women’s Literature, The Novel


Ph.D. 1982 University of Missouri, Columbia
Theory and History of the Novel

M.A. 1977 University of Missouri, Columbia
English and American Literature

B.A. 1975 Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, summa cum laude
English and American Literature


University of Maine

Society for Utopian Studies Larry E. Hough Award for Distinguished Service, 2008
Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Faculty Member, 1997

University of Missouri

G. Ellsworth Huggins Graduate Scholarship, 1979-81
D.R. Francis Fellowship in Creative Literature, 1978-79
English Department Teaching Fellowship, 1977-79
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1977
First Place, Mahan Awards for Fiction, 1977

Luther College

National Merit Scholar, 1971-75


Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

British Literature:

American Literature:

  • ENG 241: American Literature Survey 1 – From the Beginnings to the Romantics
  • ENG 242: American Literature Survey: Realism to the Present
  • ENG 245: American Short Fiction
  • ENG 246: American Women’s Literature
  • American Novel
  • Contemporary American Fiction

Other Literature:

Women’s Studies:


  • ENG 101: College Composition
  • ENG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 212: Persuasive and Analytical Writing
  • ENG 406: Advanced Creative Writing
  • HON 310: Honors Tutorial
  • Sophomore Exposition
  • Fiction Writing
  • Technical Writing for Accountancy Majors
  • Professional Writing


  • Bodies of Power
  • Honors Tutorial in Twentieth-Century Utopianism



Earth Perfect?  Nature, Utopia and the Garden.  London: Black Dog, 2012.  Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs.

The Character of Truth: Historical Figures in Contemporary Fiction. Crosscurrents in Modern Fiction, Third Series. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990.

The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity and the Garden. Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs. London: Artifice Books on Architecture, 2014.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Gardens in the Utopian Tradition.”  Co-authored with Annette Giesecke.  Earth Perfect?  Nature, Utopia and the Garden.  London: Black Dog, 2012.  Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs.

“Consuming Beauty: The Urban Garden as Ambiguous Utopia.”  Earth Perfect?  Nature, Utopia and the Garden.  London: Black Dog, 2012.  Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs.

“Utopian Studies and the Beloved Community.” Utopia-Method-Vision. Ed. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini. Oxford and Berne: Peter Lang, 2007.  Second printing, 2009.

“Assent, Dissent and the Body in Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Utopian Studies 18.1(2007):3-20.

“Barbara Kingsolver’s Anti-Western: ‘Unraveling the Myths’ in Animal Dreams.” Americana: Journal of American Popular Culture 2.2 (Fall 2003): 1-13.

“Posthuman Bodies and Agency in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy.” Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination. Ed. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini. New York and London: Routledge, 2003. 91-112.

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