Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-554-4123
Fax: 408-554-4837
Room number: 201

Dr. Marilyn Edelstein

Associate Professor

Dr. Marilyn Edelstein, Associate Professor of English, has been on the SCU faculty since 1987. She is also a faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and an Associate with the Center for Multicultural Learning.

She previously taught at UCLA and at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Dr. Edelstein received her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984, an interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 1978, and her B.A. (in literature, creative writing, religious studies and philosophy) from Goddard College in Vermont in 1974.

She has received three Irvine Foundation Grants for multicultural curriculum development, and several other curriculum development and research grants. She has participated in an NEH Summer Seminar on
Postmodernism, and an NEH Summer Institute on “Ethics and Aesthetics.”

Courses Taught

  • English 1: Composition & Rhetoric I
  • English 32: Survey of American Literature II
  • English 124: Contemporary Critical Theory
  • English 125: Feminist Literary Theory & Criticism
  • English 134: Studies in Contemporary American Literature
  • English 188: Senior Seminar on Postmodernism
  • English 188: Senior Seminar on Ethics and Literature
  • English 188: Senior Seminar on Multicultural Theory and Literature

Research Interests

  • Literary/critical theory
  • Feminist theory
  • 20th Century American literature
  • Multiculturalism
  • Literature and ethics 

Representative Publications

  • My Mother's Legacy: Trying to Make a Difference Through Teaching and Research." Explore [Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education and Christian Values, Santa Clara University] 3, No. 3 (2000): 10-18.
  • "Resisting Postmodernism or 'A Postmodernism of Resistance'": bell hooks and the Theory Debates." Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women Color. Ed. Sandra Kumamoto Stanley. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 1998. 86-118
  • "Ethics and Contemporary American Literature: Revisiting the Controversy over John Gardner's On Moral Fiction." Pacific Coast Philology 31 (1996): 40-53.
  •  "Toward a Feminist Postmodern Poléthique: Kristeva on Ethics and Politics." In Ethics, Politics, and Difference in Julia Kristeva's Writing. Ed. Kelly Oliver. New York: Routledge, 1993. 196-214
  • "Metaphor, Meta-Narrative, and Mater-narrative in Kristeva's 'Stabat Mater.'" In Body/Text in Julia Kristeva: Women, Religion, and Psychoanalysis. Ed. David Crownfield. Albany: SUNY Press, 1992. 27-52
  •  "Ethics, Education, and 'Political Correctness.'" Issues in Ethics [Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University] 5 (1992): 1, 8
  • Review of Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism, ed. Robyn R. Warhol and Diane Price Herndl. Belles Lettres 8 (1992): 46-47
  • Review of Sexual Subversions: Three French Feminists, by Elizabeth Grosz.
  • Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture_ 14 (Winter 1991-92): 152-157
  • Her work in progress includes:
    •  "Postmodern Ethics, Feminist Ethics, and Multiculturalism" (a book-length project).
  • Several articles currently being completed:
    • "Multiculturalisms Past, Present, and Future"
    • "What's Love Got to Do with Postmodernism?
    • "Liminal Authorship and Authority in Lolita"

Curriculum Vitae

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