Marlene Goldman is a writer, filmmaker, and English professor at the University of Toronto. Her most recent work explores the question of how we represent stigmatized minds and bodies. She recently published a book on dementia and Alzheimer’s that probes how we decide what’s pathological. Who sets the definitions, the impact of biomedical labels on the people who receive them, and the role of history in shaping stories about illness have all been treated in her artistic and academic career.
Ph.D., University of Toronto, June 1993.
M.A., University of Victoria, January 1988.
B.F.A. (First Class), University of Victoria, May 1986.
Professor: English, Department of English, University of Toronto at Scarborough and Graduate English, St George
Cross-listed Faculty: Centre for Diaspora and Transnationalism; Women's Studies and Gender Studies Institute, UTSC and St George; Institute for Life Course and Aging (ILCA).
Contemporary Canadian short stories, novels, drama, and film
Canadian Women’s Writing
Age Studies and Medical Humanities
Stigma, Shame, and Empathy
|2016||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the Filming Age Working Group|
|2016||Rotman School of Management, Vice-Dean, Innovation and Education $25,000 in support of “Piano Lessons”|
|2015||SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $85,638|
|2015||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the Playing Age Working Group $3,000|
|2012||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the Aging, Memory, and Aesthetics Working Group (renewed), $2,500|
|2011||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the Aging, Memory, and Aesthetics Working Group (renewed), $2,000|
Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada (HSSFC), Aid-to-scholarly-publications grant for DisPossession: Haunting in Canadian Fiction, approx. $10,000
|2010||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the Aging, Memory, and Aesthetics Working Group, $2000|
|2008||Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the symposium “Altered States of Mind,” $3,000|
Jackman Humanities Institute Award in support of the symposium “Constructing Consciousness,” $3,000
|2004 -2009||SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $33,885|
1. Writer, Producer, and Co-director of “Torching the Dusties,” a short film (15 min.) based on an Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Torching the Dusties” from her collection Stone Mattress. University of Toronto. Forthcoming 2019.
2. Writer, Producer, and Co-director of “Piano Lessons,” a short film (15 min.) based on an adaptation of Alice Munro’s “In Sight of the Lake” from her collection Dear Life.
3. Forgotten: Narratives of Age-Related Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017. 438 pgs.
4. DisPossession: Haunting in Canadian Fiction. McGill-Queen’s Press, 2012, 270 pgs.
5. Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction. McGill-Queen’s Press, 2005, 214 pgs.
Select Publications/Conference Presentation Titles:
Premiere screening of short film, “Piano Lessons,” at the Rendevous with Madness Film Festival, Nov. 5, 2017, Toronto, ON.
Private screening of my short film “Piano Lessons” at the AgingGraz2017, ENAS and NANAS Conference, Graz, Austria 27- 30 April, 2017.
Keynote lecture at the upcoming conference “In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture.” University of Graz from June 2 – 4, 2016.
Keynote on Alice Munro and literary representations of dementia at the CanaDiana Centre, Siena, Italy June 19, 2015.
Keynote lecture at the School of Foreign Languages, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, at the symposium on Munro studies, 25-27 July 2014.