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literature and language professor , writer

Morris Dickstein, American English educator. Fellow, J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, 1973-1974, American Council of Learned Societies, 1977, Rockefeller Foundation, 1981-1982, National Endowment for Humanities, 1986-1987, National Humanities Center, 1989-1990. Member Modern Language Association, National Society Film Critics, American Studies Association, National Book Critics Circle (board directors 1983-1989).


Dickstein, Morris was born on February 23, 1940 in New York City. Son of Abraham and Anne (Reitman) Dickstein.


AB, Columbia University, 1961;Master of Arts, Yale University, 1963;postgraduate, Cambridge (England) University, 1963-1964;Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1967.


Instructor English, Columbia University, New York City, 1966-1967;assistant Professor of English, Columbia University, New York City, 1967-1971;associate Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY, 1971-1975;Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY, since 1976;Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center, since 1974;director Humanities Center, since 1993;distinguished Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center, since 1994. Visiting professor U. Paris VIII, 1980-1981. Humanities consultant Basic Books, Inc., New York City, 1972-1980.

Advisory board Revue Francaise d'Etudes Americaines, Paris, since 1986. Board directors New York Council Humanities.



Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, Association Literature Scholars & Critics (vice president 2005-2006, president 2006-2007), National Book Critics Circuit (board directors 1983-1989), National Society Film Critics.


Married Lore Willner, January 3, 1965. Children: Jeremy Elliot, Rachel Ariela.

Abraham Dickstein

Anne (Reitman) Dickstein

Lore Willner

Jeremy Elliot Dickstein

Rachel Ariela Dickstein