Indiana University. School of Letters

Variant names

Hide Profile

The School of Letters was originally created by John Crowe Ransom, F.O. Matthiessen, and Lionel Trilling as a part of the School of English at Kenyon College. When support from the Rockefeller Foundation ended, the program moved to Indiana University in the summer of 1951. Supported by a similar grant from IU, the School of Letters began as a summer program, but expanded into a full-year program in the fall of 1961. The School of Letters remained distinct from the English department because of its contribution to the study of literary theory and criticism. According to Stallknecht, The School of Letters emphasized practical criticism over the biographical and historical approaches to the study of literature common in the departments of English and Comparative Literature. The program grew to international acclaim and was able to attract guest lecturers from the eminent scholars of the world. The program was phased out after the 1972 session, following Stallknecht's resignation as Director.

From the guide to the Indiana University School of Letters Director's records, 1947-1979, (Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives)

The School of Letters originated at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. When financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation ended, the program moved to Indiana University in the summer of 1951.

While it began as a summer program, the School of Letters expanded into a full-year program in the fall of 1961. According to long-time director Newton P. Stallknecht, the program remained distinct from the English department because it emphasized practical criticism over the biographical and historical apporaches to the study of literature. The program was phased out after the 1972 session, following Stallknecht's resignation.

From the description of Indiana University School of Letters Director's records, 1947-1979 bulk 1952-1972. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 50862406

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Indiana University. School of Letters. Indiana University School of Letters Director's records, 1947-1979 bulk 1952-1972. Indiana University
referencedIn Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974. John Crowe Ransom Papers 1908-1974. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
creatorOf Indiana University School of Letters Director's records, 1947-1979 Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Indiana University corporateBody
correspondedWith Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965 person
correspondedWith Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974 person
associatedWith Stallknecht, Newton Phelps, 1906- person
correspondedWith Wahl, Jean André, 1888-1974 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Indiana--Bloomington
Subject
Philosophy teachers--Correspondence
Universities and colleges--Administration--History--20th century--Sources
Literature teachers--Correspondence
Criticism--Study and teaching (Higher)
Occupation
Activity

Corporate Body

Active 1947

Active 1979

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6937t98

Ark ID: w6937t98

SNAC ID: 10982713