My research focuses on Renaissance literature and art history, and deals with the
intersection of text and image during the early modern period. My current research
project focuses on the ways in which representations of Queen Elizabeth I serve to
construct English ideas of female authority. In particular, I analyze the relationship
between the representations of the queen by artists, writers and politicians and those
representations over which Elizabeth herself exercised some degree of control and
agency: her verse and her speeches as well as her progresses and other public displays.
My interests also include twentieth- and twenty-first-century popular interpretations
of early modern literature and history as well as in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama,
and I recently became the webmaster for the Queen Elizabeth I Society.
My teaching interests tend to reflect my research interests: I frequently teach such
courses as Shakespeare, Tudor literature, Stuart literature, and the first semester
of the British literature survey. I have also developed and taught courses on tragedy,
gender studies, critical theory, revenge drama, Christopher Marlowe, and Elizabeth
Nathan Gorelick studies and teaches British and French literature from the Restoration
through Romanticism, Enlightenment philosophy, contemporary literary theory, and Freudian
psychoanalysis. His current research considers the origin of the modern novel and
its relation to the logic of the unconscious, with specific attention to the works
of Daniel Defoe, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Marquis de Sade and Laurence Sterne. His
publications include articles in CR: The New Centennial Review, Discourse, Theory & Event, and Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious. He is also a founding member of the Buffalo Group for the Application of Psychoanalysis,
the only non-clinical research circle of the École freudienne du Québec.