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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePapers of Elaine Showalter
Ref No7ESH
Box Fetch NoBox 01-04
LevelCollection
Date1968-2001
Extent3 A boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryElaine Showalter (née Cottler)(1941-) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the University of California at Davis, obtaining a PhD at the latter in 1970. From 1967 to 1984 she coordinated the woman's studies programme at Douglass College at Rutgers University, and then chaired the Department of English at Princeton University from 1984, until her early retirement in 2003. She lectured widely throughout the United States and England on women's writings, Victorian medical history, and literary theory. She is considered one of the founders of feminist literary criticism in United States academia, developing the concept and practice of gynocritics.

Elaine's first book, 'A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing' was published by Virago in 1978, and developed out of her PhD thesis. Other publications include: 'The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980' (1986); 'Sexual Anarchy' (1992); 'Hystories' (1998); and 'Inventing Herself' (2002). She edited the first textbook on women's literature, 'Women's Liberation and Literature'. She also wrote many articles and essays on feminist topics.

In 1961, Elaine married English Showalter, who was a Yale-graduated professor of 18th-century French Literature. They had two children: Vinca Showalter LaFleur, a professional speechwriter; and Michael Showalter, an actor and comedian.
DescriptionThe archive consists of: press cuttings and papers relating to women's liberation movement, and about Women's Studies, in the United States of America; correspondence and press cuttings relating to Elaine Showalter's publications; articles by and about Elaine Showalter; periodicals, three photographs of Elaine Showalter.

Abbreviations used in archive:
MLA - Modern Language Association of America
WNCC - Women's National Co-Ordinating Committee
Related MaterialThe Women's Library holds Papers of Sheila Rowbotham (7SHR); Papers of Anna Davin (7ADA); Scrapbooks of press cuttings relating to the Women's Liberation Movement (10/52); Papers of Amanda Sebestyen (7SEB); Papers of Lilian Mohin (7LIM). The Women's Library Printed Collections holds books and periodicals relating to Women's Liberation Movement.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
Former Reference Number7/XX43; 7/XXX43a; 7ESH1; 7ESH2
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