Naomi Jacobs

Professor Emerita of English



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:

Other Literature:

Women’s Studies:



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



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The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity and the Garden. Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs. London: Artifice Books on Architecture, 2015.

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.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Posthuman in Utopia and Dystopia.”  New Palgrave Handbook on Utopia and Dystopia.  Ed. Fatima Viera, Peter Marks, and Jennifer Wagner. Forthcoming.

“Utopian Home Spaces in Shelter Media.” Journal of Popular Culture 52.2 (15 April 2019): 436-455.

“Gardens in the Utopian Tradition.”  Co-authored with Annette Giesecke.  Earth Perfect?  Nature, Utopia and the Garden.  Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs.  London: Black Dog, 2012.  6-17.

“Consuming Beauty: The Urban Garden as Ambiguous Utopia.” Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia and the Garden. Ed. Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs. London: Black Dog, 2012. 156-169.

“Utopian Studies and the Beloved Community.” Utopia-Method-Vision. Ed. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini. Ralahine Utopian Studies Series. Oxford and Berne: Peter Lang, 2007. Second printing, 2009. 223-244.

“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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