Elaine Marks papers Marks (Elaine) papers (bulk 1949-2001) 1893-2001
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The American Literature Group was formed in 1921, after the Modern Language Association (MLA) reluctantly acknowledged a growing scholarly interest in the writing of the United States. At the time such literature was studied primarily in secondary schools, and most colleges and universities had no courses on the topic. Those that did, usually offered only a single survey course. The idea that American literature could stand on its own as a discipline was viewed with skepticism, it b...
Elaine Marks, an eminent scholar of women's studies, French literature, and Jewish studies, was born in New York City in 1930. Marks attended the Walden School from 1940 to 1948. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1952 and pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, where she received a doctorate in 1958. Marks held teaching appointments at New York University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Massachus...