Guide to the Ihab Hassan Papers

Preliminary processing by Eddie Yeghiayan. Processing completed by Jeffrey Atteberry in 1998 and Kurt Ozment in 2001; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ihab Hassan papers
Date: 1952-2000
Collection Number: MS-C005
Creator: Hassan, Ihab Habib, 1925-
Extent: 11.5 linear feet (29 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English, with some materials in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection documents the academic work of literary critic, scholar, and theorist Ihab Hassan. The bulk of these materials reflect his work on American fiction of the later twentieth century, in addition to his extensive writings on postmodernism, literary criticism, and cultural studies. The collection primarily contains holograph manuscripts, typescripts, offprints, and reprints of Hassan's published monographs and articles, in addition to professional papers and lecture materials. Some audio and video recordings are included.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research. Access to original audio and video cassettes is restricted; copies will be made for researcher use.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Ihab Hassan papers. MS-C005. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ihab Hassan, 1987-2000.

Accruals

Future accruals are expected.

Processing History

Preliminary processing by Eddie Yeghiayan. Processing completed by Jeffrey Atteberry in 1998 and Kurt Ozment in 2001.

Historical Background

Ihab Habib Hassan is a prominent critic, scholar, and theorist in the academic study of literature. While focusing his scholarship on the post-war novel, he was among the first to articulate a concept of the postmodern. He was born in Cairo, Egypt on October 17, 1925. The son of a civil servant, he spent his youth in Egypt and eventually attended the University of Cairo to study electrical engineering. Upon graduation in 1946, he received the prestigious Egyptian Educational Mission fellowship and left for the United States to continue his studies in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Hassan has lived in the United States ever since.
Hassan completed his Master of Science degree in 1948, but soon decided to abandon engineering for an academic career in literature. He began a doctoral program in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Master's degree in 1950 and his doctorate in 1953. Hassan began his professional career in 1952 as an instructor of English at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 1954 he obtained a position at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was later named the Benjamin L. Waite Professor of English and served as the director of both the College of Letters and the Center for Humanities. In 1970 he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee as the Vilas Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, a position he continues to hold as of 2002.
During his time at Wesleyan, Hassan published work on contemporary and avant-garde literature, and he has continued to focus on these themes throughout his career. The major publications from his early period are Radical Innocence and The Literature of Silence: Henry Miller & Samuel Beckett. In these works, he attempts to describe the characteristics that distinguish post-war fiction from the literature of high modernism. Hassan continued to pursue the same theme in his Dismemberment of Orpheus, in which he introduced the term "postmodern." Along with Jean-François Lyotard, Hassan was one of the first scholars to articulate a conception of the postmodern, and he has devoted a large portion of his academic career to this. In his best-known works, he describes formal characteristics of the postmodern, such as discontinuity, indeterminacy, and irony. During this period, he also espoused a concept of the "critic as innovator." His major statements in these regards have been Dismemberment of Orpheus, Paracriticisms, and The Right Promethean Fire.
Although Hassan has always been engaged in dialogue with the major trends of literary theory, he cannot be easily classified as belonging to any specific school of literary criticism. During the 1980s, beginning with the publication of his autobiography Out of Egypt, Hassan began to move away from articulating the formal characteristics of postmodernism. In particular, his book Selves at Risk examines themes of quest in contemporary literature, and Between the Eagle and the Sun focuses on cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. Hassan continues to provide insightful commentary on the late twentieth century. As of 2007, he lives and works in Milwaukee.

Biography/Organization History

Chronology

1925 Ihab Habib Hassan born in Cairo, Egypt on October 17th.
1946 Immigrates to the United States to study engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
1948 Receives M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania.
1950 Receives M.A. degree from University of Pennsylvania.
1952 Holds position as instructor in English at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
1953 Receives Ph. D. degree in English literature from University of Pennsylvania.
1954 Begins as an instructor in English at Wesleyan University and becomes professor of English in 1962.
1956 Becomes a United States citizen.
1961 Radical Innocence: The Contemporary American Novel (Princeton University Press)
1963 Aspects du Hero Americain Contemporain (Lettres Modernes)
1966 Fulbright lecturer in Grenoble, France.
1968 The Literature of Silence: Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett (Knopf)
1970 Joins the faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee as the Vilas Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature.
1971 The Dismemberment of Orpheus: Toward a Postmodern Literature (Oxford University Press)
1973 Contemporary American Literature, 1945-1972 (Ungar)
1974 Fulbright lecturer in Nice, France.
1975 Paracriticisms: Seven Speculations of the Times (Illinois University Press)
1980 The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change (Illinois University Press)
1986 Out of Egypt: Fragments of an Autobiography (Southern Illinois University Press)
1987 The Postmodern Turn: Essays in Postmodern Theory and Culture (Ohio State University Press)
1990 Selves at Risk: Patterns of Quest in Contemporary American Letter (University of Wisconsin Press)
1995 Rumors of Change: Essays of Five Decades (University of Alabama Press)
1996 Between the Eagle and the Sun: Traces of Japan (University of Alabama Press)

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection documents the academic work of literary critic, scholar, and theorist Ihab Hassan. The bulk of these materials reflect his work on American fiction of the later twentieth century, in addition to his extensive writings on postmodernism, literary criticism, and cultural studies. The collection primarily contains holograph manuscripts, typescripts, offprints, and reprints of Hassan's published monographs and articles, in addition to professional papers and lecture materials. Some audio and video recordings are included.
The publication history of Hassan's writings is quite complicated. In numerous cases, he used the exact same or very similar titles for very different works, but he would also rework essentially the same content matter under quite different titles. As far as such distinctions can be made, the material has been grouped together according to the similarity of the content. Very often, a particular work has both published and lecture versions, where the lecture version constitutes either an earlier version of the published essay or a later rewriting of a published work. In either case, all lectures that have strong connections with a published work appear with the published version. A few pieces were published on multiple occasions with a slight change in content. In such cases, the essay has been placed according to the earliest publication date.
Certain conventions were used in the container list to indicate format and variant titles. Manuscripts not explicitly identified as holographs are typescripts. Numerous essays are represented by draft, lecture, and published versions. Whenever possible, the items were placed in chronological order to reflect the process of composition. When such determinations could not be made, the published version was placed last. In all cases, the published title is used as a heading, and any item with a variant title is listed under that heading.
A bibliography of Hassan's works compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan is available in Special Collections and Archives.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series.
  • Series 1. Early writings, 1952-1984. 3.6 linear feet
  • Series 2. Later writings, 1985-2000. 4.6 linear feet
  • Series 3. Conference papers and public lectures, 1952-1999. 1.4 linear feet
  • Series 4. Book reviews, 1959-1997. 1.2 linear feet
  • Series 5. Biographical material, 1996-1998. 0.1 linear feet
  • Series 6. Teaching material, 1953-1997. 0.6 linear feet

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Hassan, Ihab Habib, 1925 -- Archives.
Critical theory -- Archives.
Criticism -- Archives.
Literature -- History and criticism -- Archives.
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Archives.
Postmodernism (literature) -- Archives.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Sound recordings.
Video recordings.

Occupations

Theorists.
Literary critics.

Titles

Critical Theory Archive.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Early writings 1952-1984

Physical Description: 3.6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains journal articles, monographs, lecture materials, and essays which were published or are associated with publications. This series reflects Hassan's general interest in contemporary and avant-garde fiction. In many of the pieces, Hassan articulates his understanding of the postmodern within the framework of contemporary literary and critical theory. Notably, this series contains his monograph Contemporary American Literature and his contributions to World Literature Since 1945 and to the fourth edition of Literary History of the United States. In a few cases, correspondence with editors and publishers has been included with the relevant publication.
With the minor exceptions of "A Letter on Finnegans Wake" and "Innovation/Renovation: Rough Transcript of a Self-Interview," all the materials have been published. Dates of publication are indicated within parentheses following publication titles. Dates of material associated with publications are supplied whenever possible. Some material associated with these publications, however, is undated. Files contain printed or typescript material, unless specified otherwise.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by publication.
 

"Towards a Method in Myth" 1952

Box : Folder 14 : 1

Offprint, with corrections 1952

 

"Baudelaire's Correspondences: The Dialectic of a Poetic Affinity" 1954

Box : Folder 14 : 2

Offprint 1954

 

"Edith Sitwell and the Symbolist Tradition" 1955

Box : Folder 14 : 3

Lecture, draft 1955

Box : Folder 14 : 4

Original publication 1955

 

"Jean Stafford: The Expense of Style and the Scope of Sensibility" 1955

Box : Folder 14 : 5

Original publication 1955

 

"Criticisms as Mimesis" 1956

Box : Folder 14 : 6

Offprint 1956

 

"Egyptian Retrospect: A Partial View in Changing Perspective" 1956

Box : Folder 14 : 7

Offprint 1956

 

"Thomas' 'The Tombstone When She Died' " 1956

Box : Folder 14 : 8

Original publication 1956

 

"Rare, Quixotic Gesture: The Fiction of J.D. Salinger" 1957

Box : Folder 14 : 9

Original publication 1957

 

"The Idea of Adolescence in American Fiction" 1958

Box : Folder 14 : 10

Offprint 1958

 

"The Anti-Hero in Modern British and American Fiction" 1959

Box : Folder 14 : 11

Offprint 1959

 

"Carson McCullers: The Alchemy of Love and Aesthetics of Pain" 1959

Box : Folder 14 : 12

Original publication 1959

 

"Of Time and Emblematic Reconciliation: Notes on the Poetry of Edwin Muir" 1959

Box : Folder 14 : 13

Offprint 1959

Box : Folder 14 : 13

Original publication 1959

 

"The Victim: Images of Evil in Recent American Fiction" 1959

Box : Folder 14 : 14

"The Victim: Colors of Darkness in Recent American Fiction," lecture draft 1958

Box : Folder 14 : 15

Original publication 1959

 

"Birth of a Heroine" 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 16

Original publication 1960

 

"The Daydream and Nightmare of Narcissus" 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 17

Offprint 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 18

Original publication, French translation 1961

 

"Love in the Modern American Novel: Expense of Spirit and Waste of Shame" 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 19

Offprint 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 19

Original publication 1960

 

"Saul Bellow: Five Faces of a Hero" 1960

Box : Folder 14 : 20

Original publication 1960

 

"The Avant-Garde: Which Way is Forward?" 1961

Box : Folder 15 : 1

Original publication 1961

Box : Folder 15 : 2

Offprint 1962

 

"Hassan Comments on University Plan" 1961

Box : Folder 15 : 3

Original publication 1961

 

"The Character of Post-War Fiction in America" 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 4

"The Character of Post-War American Fiction," lecture draft 1960

Box : Folder 15 : 5

Offprint 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 5

Original publication 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 6

Offprint, German translation 1987

 

"Conscience and Incongruity: The Fiction of Thomas Berger" 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 7

Original publication 1962

Box : Folder 1 : 1

"The Modern Movement in American Fiction" 1962

 

"Almost the Voice of Silence: The Later Novelettes of J.D. Salinger" 1963

Box : Folder 15 : 8

Original publication 1963

 

"The Dismemberment of Orpheus: Reflections on Modern Culture, Language, and Literature" 1963

Box : Folder 15 : 9

"The Dismemberment of Orpheus: Form and Antiform in Contemporary Literature," lecture draft 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 10

Original publication 1963

 

"Modern Literature...a Review for the Teacher" 1963

Box : Folder 15 : 11

Original publication 1963

Box : Folder 1 : 2

"The Postwar Period in American Fiction" 1963

 

"The Subtracting Machine: The Work of William Burroughs" 1963

Box : Folder 15 : 12

Original publication 1963

 

"The Way Down and Out: Spiritual Deflection in Recent American Fiction" 1963

Box : Folder 15 : 13

"Deflection in Recent American Fiction," lecture draft 1962

Box : Folder 15 : 14

Offprint 1963

 

Literary History of the United States (3rd edition) 1963

Box : Folder 1 : 3

"The New Literature: World War II and After"

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Publisher correspondence

Box : Folder 1 : 5

"American Youth Today" 1964

 

"Beyond a Theory of Literature: Intimations of Apocalypse?" 1964

Box : Folder 15 : 15

Offprint 1964

 

"Laughter in the Dark: The New Voice in American Fiction" 1964

Box : Folder 15 : 16

Offprint 1964

Box : Folder 15 : 16

Original publication 1964

 

"An Arab-American Conversation: Interview with Saleh Gawdat" 1965

Box : Folder 15 : 17

Draft 1964

 

"The Novel of Outrage: A Minority Voice in Postwar American Fiction" 1965

Box : Folder 15 : 18

"The Novel of Outrage: A Minority in Recent American Fiction," lecture draft 1964

Box : Folder 15 : 19

Original publication 1965

 

"Avant-Garde: Explorations in Contemporary American Society" 1966

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Draft

Box : Folder 15 : 20

"Avant-Garde: Exploration in Contemporary American Society," list of places presented 1967

 

"The Literature of Silence: From Henry Miller to Beckett and Burroughs" 1967

Box : Folder 15 : 21

"The Literature of Silence: Touching on Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett," lecture draft 1965

Box : Folder 15 : 22

Original publication 1967

 

"MLA 67" 1968

Box : Folder 16 : 1

Lecture, draft 1967

Box : Folder 16 : 2

Offprint 1968

Box : Folder 16 : 2

Original publication 1968

 

"II" 1968

Box : Folder 16 : 3

"Euremika." Appears as part II of "II."

Box : Folder 16 : 3

Index page listing place presented, draft

Box : Folder 16 : 4

Original publication 1968

 

"The Dream of Logic: A Conversation with Ihab Hassan" 1969

Box : Folder 16 : 5

Draft, German translation undated

 

"Sade: Prisoner of Consciousness" 1969

Box : Folder 16 : 6

Original publication 1969

 

"Silence, Revolution, and Consciousness" 1969

Box : Folder 16 : 7

Lecture, draft 1968-1969

Box : Folder 16 : 8

Original publication 1969

 

"Frontiers of Criticism: Metaphors of Silence" 1970

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 9

Lecture, draft 1969

Box : Folder 16 : 10

Offprint 1970

Box : Folder 16 : 11

Original publication, Japanese translation 1970

 

"Joyce-Beckett: A Scenario in 8 Scenes and a Voice" 1970

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 12

Lecture, draft, with correspondence 1969 and undated

Box : Folder 16 : 13

Offprint 1970

Box : Folder 16 : 13

Original publication 1970

Box : Folder 1 : 9

"Norman Mailer: Why Are We in Vietnam? 1970

 

"Fiction and Future: An Extravaganza for Voice and Tape" 1971

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 14

Lecture, drafts 1970-1971

 

"POSTmodernISM: A Paracritical Bibliography" 1971

Box : Folder 1 : 11

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 15

Offprint 1971

 

"AnviRonmenT" 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 16

Original publication 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 13

"Criticism, Collusion, and the Collision of Being" 1972

 

"An Interview with Ihab Hassan," conducted by Judith Gurd 1972

Box : Folder 16 : 17

Original publication

 

"Literature-Criticism: Plumbing the Modern Consciousness. An Interview with Ihab Hassan," conducted by Frederick Brussat 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Draft

Box : Folder 16 : 18

Draft 1972

Box : Folder 16 : 19

Original publication 1972

 

"Polemic" 1972

Box : Folder 17 : 1

Original publication 1972

 

"ReMembrance of Orpheus: A Paracritical Review in Six Voices, One silent" 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 16

Draft

Box : Folder 17 : 2

Original publication 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 17

"Truman Capote" 1972

 

Untitled contribution to "On the new Cultural Conservatism" 1972

Box : Folder 1 : 15

"The New Cultural Conservatism," draft

Box : Folder 17 : 3

Original publication 1972

 

"We are Tomorrow: Centers of Transformation in Self and Society" 1972

Scope and Content Note

See also Series 3. Conference Papers and Public Lectures, "Ideology, Utopia, Fantasy in Contemporary America," 1978-1981
Box : Folder 17 : 4

Original publication 1972

 

"Canadian Literature" 1973

Scope and Content Note

Published in World Literature Since 1945.
Box : Folder 1 : 18

"Canadian Literature," holograph outline

Box : Folder 1 : 19

"Contemporary Literature of Canada," holograph draft

Box : Folder 1 : 20

Published version 1973

Box : Folder 17 : 5

Offprint 1973

 

"Contemporary Literature in the United States" in Contemporary American Literature 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 21

Holograph outline

Box : Folder 1 : 22-23

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 1 : 24-26

Published version

Box : Folder 1 : 27

"Errata" and "Bibliographie," German edition

Box : Folder 1 : 28

"Contemporary Novelists," list

 

"Echoes of Dark Laughter: Notes on the Comic Sense in Contemporary American Fiction" 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 29

Draft

Box : Folder 17 : 6

Original publication 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 30

"Man: Still Between Earth and Sky? Or Myth, Art, and Technology" 1973

 

"The New Gnosticism: Speculations on an Aspect of the Postmodern Mind" 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 31

Draft

Box : Folder 17 : 7

List of places presented 1973

Box : Folder 17 : 8

Original publication 1973

 

"Readings in Contemporary American Literature, a Suggested Bibliography of Titles Suggested by Ihab Hassan, with an Introduction by the Author" 1973

Box : Folder 17 : 9

Original publication 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 32

"Ronald Sukenick" 1973

Box : Folder 1 : 33

"Silence in Myth, Literature, and Technology: A Paracritical Reflection" 1973

 

Literary History of the United States (4th edition) 1974

Box : Folder 2 : 1

Chapter 83, "The New Consciousness," published version

 

Chapter 86, "Fiction"

Box : Folder 2 : 2

Draft

Box : Folder 2 : 3

Published version

Box : Folder 2 : 4

Publisher correspondence

 

"Joyce, Beckett, and the Postmodern Imagination" 1975

Box : Folder 2 : 5

Draft

Box : Folder 17 : 10

Original publication 1975

 

"Concerning Joyce, Beckett, and the Postmodern Imagination"

Box : Folder 17 : 11

Lecture (on the essay itself), draft 1973

 

"( ): Finnegans Wake and the Postmodern Imagination" 1973-1975

Scope and Content Note

Delivered at the Fourth James Joyce International Symposium in 1973, and published in Paracriticisms: Seven Speculations of the Times (1975). See Series 3. Conference Papers and Public Lectures, "( ): Finnegans Wake and the Postmodern Imagination," 1973.
Box : Folder 2 : 6

Letter to the editor regarding "( ): Finnegans Wake and the Postmodern Imagination" 1975

 

"Beyond Arcadians and Technophiles: New Convergences in Culture?" 1976

Box : Folder 2 : 9

Draft

Box : Folder 17 : 12

"Beyond Arcadians and Technophiles: New Patterns of Convergence in Western Culture," lecture draft 1975

Box : Folder 17 : 13

List of places presented 1979

Scope and Content Note

Verso includes notes for "Kansai/Kyoto: Transhumanization Version of Arcadians, Etc.," 1979.
Box : Folder 17 : 14

Original publication 1976

Box : Folder 17 : 15

Offprint of republication 1979

Box : Folder 2 : 7

"A Letter on Finnegans Wake," unpublished 1976

 

"Models of Transformation: Ideology, Utopia, and Fantasy in Contemporary America" 1976

Box : Folder 2 : 10

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 1

Lecture, draft 1974

Box : Folder 18 : 2

"Ideology, Utopia, and Fantasy in America," lecture draft 1976

Box : Folder 18 : 3

Original publication 1976

Box : Folder 2 : 11

"Polish Interlude" circa 1976-1977

 

"A Re-vision of Literature" 1976

Box : Folder 2 : 8

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 4

Lecture, drafts 1975-1976

Box : Folder 18 : 5

Original publication 1976

Box : Folder 18 : 6

Original publication, Spanish translation 1978

 

"Bernard Malamud: 1976 Fictions within our Fictions" 1977

Box : Folder 2 : 12

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 7

Lecture, draft 1976

 

"The Critic as Innovator: A Paracritical Strip in X Frames" 1977

Scope and Content Note

See also The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change (1980).
Box : Folder 2 : 15

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 8

Lecture, drafts 1976

Box : Folder 18 : 9

Original publication 1977

 

"The critic as Innovator: The Tutzing Statement in X Frames" 1977

Scope and Content Note

See also The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change (1980).
Box : Folder 2 : 13

Fragment

Box : Folder 2 : 14

Published version

Box : Folder 18 : 10

Offprint

 

"The Critic as Innovator," and Swedish translation 1977, 1980, 1985

Box : Folder 18 : 11

Original publication 1985

 

"Desire, Imagination, Change" 1977

Box : Folder 18 : 12

Lecture, draft and unpublished version 1977

 

"Prometheus as Performer: Toward a Posthumanist Culture?: A University Masque in Five Scenes" 1977

Box : Folder 2 : 16

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 13

"The Promethean Mind: The Challenges of a Posthumanist Culture. A University Masque in Five Scenes," lecture draft 1976-1978

Box : Folder 18 : 14

Offprint 1977

 

"Culture, Indeterminacy, and Immanence: Margins of the (Postmodern) Age" 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 17

Draft

Box : Folder 18 : 15

Lecture, draft 1977-1978

Box : Folder 18 : 16

Offprint 1978

 

"Toward a Transhumanized Earth: Imagination, Science, and Future" 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 18

Draft

Box : Folder 19 : 1

Lecture, draft 1978

Box : Folder 19 : 2

Original publication 1978

 

"Beyond the Two Cultures: Still the Right Promethean Fire" 1979

Box : Folder 2 : 19

Holograph lecture draft

Box : Folder 2 : 20

Published version

Box : Folder 19 : 3

Republication 1995

Box : Folder 19 : 3

Original publication 1995

 

"Desire, Imagination, Change: Outline of a Critical Project" 1979

Box : Folder 2 : 21

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 2 : 22

Fragment

Box : Folder 19 : 4

"Outline of a Critical Project: Desire, Imagination, Change" and "Beyond the New Orthodoxies: Desire, Imagination, and Change," lecture drafts 1978-1979

Box : Folder 2 : 23

"Interpretation, etc.," holograph 1979

 

"Cities of Mind, Urban Words: The Dematerialization of Metropolis in Contemporary American Fiction" 1980, 1981

Box : Folder 3 : 11

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 3 : 12

Published version

Box : Folder 19 : 5

Original publication 1980

Box : Folder 19 : 6

Lecture, draft 1980-1985

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopies from the 1981 second, revised publication.
 

"Interview on Saul Bellow: Suggested Questions" 1980

Box : Folder 19 : 7

Draft 1980

Scope and Content Note

Prepared for the Voice of America.
 

"Parabiography: The Varieties of Critical Experience" 1980

Box : Folder 2 : 24

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 19 : 8

Lecture, drafts 1979

Box : Folder 2 : 25

Published version

Box : Folder 19 : 9

Photocopy of original publication 1980

 

"The Question of Postmodernism" 1980

Box : Folder 2 : 26

Draft

Box : Folder 19 : 10

Lecture, drafts 1978-1979

 

The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change 1980

Box : Folder 3 : 1

"Words: The Camargo Journal. Variations on the Themes of Imagination, or Faust at Fifty. Volume I. September 1974- ," holograph 1974

Box : Folder 3 : 2

"Serbelloni Journal," holograph

Box : Folder 3 : 3-5

Composite manuscript

Box : Folder 3 : 6-9

Published version

Box : Folder 3 : 10

Index

 

"A Dream (from Metaphors of Silence)" 1981

Box : Folder 19 : 11

Original publication 1981

 

The Dismemberment of Orpheus (2nd edition) 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 13

"Preface to the Second Edition," holograph

Box : Folder 3 : 14

"Postface: 1981. Toward a Concept of Postmodernism," holograph

 

"Foreword" to Hans Mayer's Outsiders: A Study in Life and Letters 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 15

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 3 : 16

Published version

 

"Joyce and the Gnosis of Modern Science" 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 17

Draft

Box : Folder 19 : 12

Lecture, draft 1979

 

"Saul Bellow" 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 18

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 19 : 13

Lecture, draft 1982-1985

Box : Folder 3 : 19

Published version

 

"Wars of Desire: Politics of the Word: A Short Comment on William Gass" 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 20

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 20 : 1

Lecture, draft 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 21

Published version

Box : Folder 20 : 2

Original publication 1982

 

"The Critical Debate: Trends and Conflicts in Recent Literary Theory" 1983

Box : Folder 4 : 1

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 4 : 2

Lecture

Box : Folder 4 : 3

Published version

 

"Desire and Dissent in the Postmodern Age" 1983

Box : Folder 4 : 4

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 4 : 5

Published version

 

"Ideas of Cultural Change" 1983

Box : Folder 20 : 3

Offprint 1983

Box : Folder 4 : 6

"Innovation/Renovation: Rough Transcript of a Self-Interview," unpublished circa 1983

Box : Folder 4 : 7

"Introduction," holograph 1983

Scope and Content Note

Published in Innovation/Renovation: New Perspectives on the Humanities.
 

"Passage from Egypt: Excerpt from an Imaginary Autobiography" 1983

Box : Folder 20 : 4

Original publication 1983

 

"Passage from Egypt: Fragments of an Imaginary Autobiography" 1983

Box : Folder 20 : 5

Original publication 1983

 

"Le critique: home d'avant-garde?" 1984

Box : Folder 4 : 8

"The Critic as Avant-Gardist," English version

Box : Folder 4 : 9

Published version, in French, by Diana Weisgerber

Box : Folder 20 : 6

Offprint, in French 1984

Box : Folder 4 : 10

"Foreword," Major Themes in the Contemporary American Novel 1984

 

"Timely Pleasures: Sane and In-Sane" 1984

Box : Folder 4 : 11

Holograph draft

Box : Folder 20 : 7

"Of Sane and Insane Pleasures," lecture draft 1983

Box : Folder 20 : 8

Original publications 1984

Box : Folder 4 : 12

Published version

 

Series 2.  Later writings 1985-2000

Physical Description: 4.6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of writings from the later period of Hassan's career, the bulk of which has been published. This material exhibits a general shift away from a predominately theoretical discourse on postmodernism towards a discussion of broader cultural issues. While remaining theoretically oriented, his writings also adopt a more personal and autobiographical perspective, most strongly evident in the autobiographical Out of Egypt. His works also focus on such issues as the theme of quest, relations between the United States and Japan, and academic culture in general. Although published during this period, the monograph The Postmodern Turn collects his earlier essays on postmodernism. This series also include numerous essays which were given as lectures either before or after publication.
Dates of publication are indicated within parentheses following publication titles. Dates of material associated with publications are supplied whenever possible. Some material associated with these publications, however, is undated. Files contain printed or typescript material, unless specified otherwise.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by publication.
 

"The Aura of a New Man: A Note on Charles Newman" 1985

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Original publication 1985

 

"Autobiography, Adventure, and Quest in Modern American Literature" 1985

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Offprint, Japanese translation 1985

 

"The Critical Scene: Issues in Postmodern American Criticism" 1985

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Offprints 1985, 1987

 

"The Culture of Postmodernism" 1985

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Draft

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Lecture, drafts 1982-1984

Scope and Content Note

One version titled "The Cultures of Postmodernism"
 

Out of Egypt: Scenes and Arguments of an Autobiography 1985

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Draft

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Draft undated

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Corrected proofs

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"Preface" to Postmodernism: Ihab Hassan's Theory of Culture and Literature 1985

 

"Spirit of Quest: Adventure in Contemporary American Literature" 1985

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Holograph outline

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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"Spirit of Quest: The Place of Adventure in Contemporary American Literature" 1986

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List of places presented and photocopy of republication.

Scope and Content Note

Republished as "Quest: Forms of Adventure in Contemporary American Fiction"
 

"The Brightness and Fullness of Culture: Toward a Transhumanized Earth" 1986

Scope and Content Note

Presented at the program celebrating twenty years of the Fulbright Program.
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Original publication 1986

 

"Con Hassan" 1986

Scope and Content Note

Interview with Giovanna Borradori.
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Photocopy of original publication 1986

 

"Imagination and Belief: Wallace Stevens and William James in Our Clime" 1986

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Holograph draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Original publication 1986

 

"Pluralism in Postmodern Perspective" 1986, 1987

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Published version 1986

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Published version 1987

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Lecture, draft 1984-1985

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Original publication 1986

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Offprint of republication 1987

 

"Quest: Forms of Adventure in Contemporary American Fiction" 1986

Scope and Content Note

See "Spirit of Quest: Adventure in Contemporary American Literature" (1985).
 

"Saul Bellow: An Introduction" 1986

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Draft

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Original publication 1986

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"The War Novel in the United States, 1945-1985: Visions of War and Peace" 1986

 

"The Whole Mystery of Babel: On George Steiner" 1986

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"American Culture and Literature" 1987

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"The Postwar American Scene: Culture and Ideas in America since 1945," offprint, Japanese translation 1987

 

"Making Sense: The Trials of Postmodern Discourse" 1987

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"Making Sense: The Crisis of Postmodern Discourse," holograph draft

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Published version

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Lecture, draft 1984-1987

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Lecture introduction, draft 1987

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Offprint 1987

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Spanish translation, offprint 1988

 

The Postmodern Turn: Essays in Postmodern Theory and Culture 1987

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Chapter 10, "Prospects in Retrospect," holograph

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Composite manuscript

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Published version

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"Introduction," holograph

 

"Quest: Forms of Adventure in Contemporary American Literature" 1987

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"Contexts of Reading, Texts of Belief: Theory and Pragmatism in our Clime" 1988

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Draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Offprint

 

"Ideology, Pragmatism, and the Self: Toward an Independent Criticism" 1988

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Original publication 1988

 

"On the Problem of the Postmodern" 1988

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Offprint 1988

 

"Quest for the Subject: The Self in Literature" 1988

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Draft

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Photocopy of original publication 1988

 

"Beyond Postmodernism? Theory, Sense, and Pragmatism" 1989

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"Fictions of Power: A Note on Ideological Discourse in the Humanities" 1989

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Holograph first draft

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Second draft

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Published version

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Original publication and photocopy 1989

 

"Motion and Mischief: Contemporary British Travel Writing" 1989

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Holograph draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Abridged published version

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"Motion as Metaphor: Travel and Geopolitics in our Age" 1989

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"Travel as Metaphor: Unmargined Realities," unpublished holograph circa 1989-1990

 

"Alterity? Three Japanese examples" 1990

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Draft

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Original publication 1990

 

"Autobiography, etc." 1990

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"The Burden of Mutual Perceptions: Japan and the United States" 1990

 

"Japan and the United States: The Burden of Mutual Perceptions (San Diego)"

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Holograph lecture draft

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Lecture

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Holograph lecture draft

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Lecture

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Original publication 1990

 

"The First Arab Laureate"

Scope and Content Note

See Series 4. Book reviews: Mahfouz, Naguib. Palace Walk.
 

"Ihab Hassan: Fragments of an Autobiography" 1990

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Draft

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Draft, undated

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Published version

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Photocopy of original publication 1990

 

"Ideology, Theory, and the Self: Toward and Independent Criticism" 1990

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"Between Theory and Ideology: Toward an Independent Criticism," holograph lecture outline

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Lecture

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Draft

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Lecture

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Published version

 

Selves at Risk 1990

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Holograph title page, acknowledgments, table of contents, and errata

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Holograph draft

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Corrected proofs

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Final proofs

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"The Writer as Seeker: The Example of Peter Matthiesen" 1990

 

"Let the Fresh Air In: Graduate Studies in the Humanities" 1991

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"Looking to the Nineties, Let the Fresh Air In: Comments on Graduate Studies in the Humanities," holograph lecture draft

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Lecture

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Published version 1991

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Original publication 1991

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Published version 1993

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Draft

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Published version 1997

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"The Quest for Self: Travel and Geopolitics in our Clime" 1991

 

"An Australian Journey" 1992

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Original publication 1992

 

"Local Education, Global Concerns: The Search for Transcultural Values, Japan and the United States" 1992, 1993

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Draft

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Published version

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Original publication 1992

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Original publication 1993

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"Nomadic Autobiography: Paul Theroux and Peter Conrad" 1992

 

"Preface to the Chinese edition of The Postmodern Turn" 1992

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Holograph draft

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Final version

 

"Visit to Oz: Personal Notes on an Australian Journey" 1992

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"Beyond Exile: A Postcolonial Intellectual Abroad" 1993

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Draft

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Original publication 1993

 

"Confessions of a Reluctant Critic or, The Resistance to Literature" 1993

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Holograph first draft

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Second draft

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Lecture

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Lecture, draft 1991

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Published version

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Offprint 1993

 

"Local Education, Global Concerns: The Search for Transcultural Values, Japan and the United States" 1993

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Holograph draft

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Lecture

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Published version

 

"Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Beyond: Toward an Open World" 1993

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Lecture, draft 1991

 

"Criticism in our Clime: Parables of American Academe" 1994

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Holograph draft

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Lecture draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Abridged published version

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Original publication and offprint of two slightly different versions 1994

 

"In the Mirror of the Sun: Reflections on Japanese and American Literature, Basho to Cage" 1994

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First draft

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Second draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Original publication and offprint 1994

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Republication, offprint 1995

 

Rumors of Change: Essays of Five Decades 1995

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Composite manuscript

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Published version

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Copy-edited draft undated

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Publisher correspondence

 

"Counterpoints: Nationalism, Colonialism, Multiculturalism, etc. in Personal Perspective" 1995

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"Nationalism, Colonialism, Multiculturalism etc.: A Personal View," holograph

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"Imperatives of the Heart: Nationalism, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism in a Personal Perspective" (lecture)

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Published version

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Lecture

 

Between the Eagle and the Sun: Traces of Japan 1996

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Holograph first draft

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Holograph second draft

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Third draft

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Published version

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Miscellaneous drafts undated

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Copy-edited draft undated

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"Between the Eagle and the Sun: Three Literary Conceits of America and Japan -- for Iwao Iwamoto" circa 1996

 

"Negative Capability: Literature and Philosophy contra Politics" 1996

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Holograph draft

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Lecture

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Published version

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Offprints 1996-1997

 

"Art/Spirit: Pictures at Two Exhibitions" 1997

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"Art/Spirit: A Note on Two Exhibitions," holograph draft

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Published version

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Offprint 1997

 

"The Expense of Spirit in Postmodern Times: Between Nihilism and Belief" 1997

 

"The Expense of Spirit in Postmodern Times: Or Nihilism in Action"

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Holograph first draft

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Holograph second draft

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Lecture

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"The Role of Spirit in Postmodern Times," lecture draft undated

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"The Question of Spirit in Postmodern Times," lecture undated

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
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Offprint 1997

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Published version

 

Forum on Intellectuals 1997

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"Regarding Intellectuals," holograph

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Published version

 

"Marginal Literature at the Exploded Center: An Okinawan Instance" 1997

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Lecture

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Published version

 

"Postmodernism Revisited: A Personal Account" 1997

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"The Question of Spirit in Postmodern Times"

Scope and Content Note

See "The Expense of Spirit in Postmodern Times: Between Nihilism and Belief"
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"Student of the Human Experience: Interview with Ihab Hassan" 1997

 

Unidentified article or interview with Natsuke Ikezawa (in Japanese) 1997

Scope and Content Note

See also Series 3. Conferences Papers and Public Lectures: (1) Interview, with Natsuke Ikezawa, on Okinawa, December 1996, and (2) Television show on Okinawa, February 1997.
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Original publication 1997

 

"Counterpoints: Nationalism, Colonialism, Multiculturalism, etc. in Personal Perspective" 1998

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Photocopy of original publication 1998

 

"Postmodernism Revisited: A Personal Account" 1998

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Offprint 1998

 

Preface to George Grittoes 1998

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Draft undated

 

"Queries for Postcolonial Studies" 1998

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Draft undated

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Original publication 1998

Scope and Content Note

Published in The Cream City Review.
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Offprint 1998

Scope and Content Note

Published in Philosophy and Literature.
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Photocopy of original publication 1998

Scope and Content Note

Published in Third Text.
 

"The Food of the Gods" 1999

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Original publication 1999

 

"Globalism and its Discontents: Notes of a Wandering Scholar" 1999

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Draft undated

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Original publication 1999

 

"Interview with Ihab Hassan and Frank Cioffi" 1999

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Draft undated

 

"Encomium: David Malouf" 2000

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Nomination of David Malouf for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, draft undated

 

"Interview with Ihab Hassan and Jerzy Durczak" 2000

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Draft undated

 

"MLA Millennial Questionnaire on University Issues" 2000

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"Modern Language Association, Millennial Statement," draft undated

 

Series 3.  Conference papers and public lectures 1952-1999

Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains unpublished papers that Hassan wrote for various conferences throughout his academic career as a literary critic. Conferences were held in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. In general, conference papers from a particular period reflect his published work from that same period. The series also includes some video-recorded interviews with Hassan.
Files contain printed or typescript material, unless specified otherwise. The material in this series is arranged chronologically according to the date the paper was first delivered. Many of the papers were given on numerous occasions, and Hassan wrote the date of each occasion for which the particular paper was used on cover pages. The series does not include the various lectures that have been published, which can be found in Series 1 and 2.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
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"Criticism as Experience" and "R.P.I. first drafts," drafts 1952

Scope and Content Note

Also includes notes from a dialogue on a poem by Robert Frost.
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Untitled talk on the Middle East, draft 1952

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"An Approach to Criticism," draft 1955

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"Teaching English in Foreign Lands" and "Fulbright Panel," draft of contribution to panel 1957

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"Dramatic Values: From the Point of View of the Philosopher," draft 1957

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"The United States and the Arab World," draft 1957

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"The Course in Contemporary American Fiction," draft 1958

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Wesleyan Student Parley 1960

Scope and Content Note

Contains draft introductions for Sloan Wilson and Harvey Swados.
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"The Existential Novel," draft 1962

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"The Face Within: Images of the Hero in Contemporary American Literature," draft 1962

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"Saints and Scoundrels: The New Frontier of Morality," draft 1962

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"New Forms of Expression in American Literature," draft 1963-1964

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"On Teaching the Modern: Problems," draft 1963

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Panel discussion on J.D. Salinger, broadcast schedule for The Open Mind television program 1963

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"Postwar Fiction," draft 1963

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Delta Tau Delta, draft 1964

 

" The Dial and Recent American Fiction" 1965

Scope and Content Note

See Series 4. Book Reviews, Review titled: " The Dial and Recent American Fiction" (1966).
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"Symposium: Immortality," draft 1965

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"Innocent Radicalism," draft 1966

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"Mailer or Bellow? The Contrary Visions of the American Novel," draft 1966

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"Metacriticism: Trends in Current American Criticism," draft 1966-1967

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"The Mutant Novel: Postwar American Fiction," draft 1966-1967

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"The Territory Ahead: Trends in Avant-Garde Fiction of the U.S." circa 1966

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"The Voice of Silence: The Later Work of J.D. Salinger," draft 1966

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"Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye," draft 1967

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"The Silence of Ernest Hemingway," drafts 1967-1969

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"The Arts of Silence: Prophesy and Metaphor," drafts 1968-1972

Scope and Content Note

Former title: "The Literature of Silence: Prophesy and Metaphor."
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"Radical Innocence and Henry James," draft 1968

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"Silence: The Prophetic Voice of Literature," draft 1968

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"The Three Masks of Anomie," draft 1968

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"Commentary on Leslie Fielder," draft 1969

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Notes for lectures at the University of Southern Florida, drafts 1969

Scope and Content Note

Also includes draft titled "Lecture: Beckett's Watt," 1968.
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"Seminar: Silence," draft 1969

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Colloquium on teaching, draft 1970

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"From Spite to Silence: Antiheros in Gide, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, and Beckett," draft 1970

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"Implosion of Art," draft 1970

Scope and Content Note

For television program on WITI, Milwaukee.
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"Welcome Address: MMLA," draft 1970

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"The Vision of Spite: Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground," incomplete draft 1970

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"Imagination and Power: The Example of Jean Genet," draft 1971

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"The Liberal Arts in an Urban University: Points," draft 1971

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"The Postmodern Age," draft 1971

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"Imagination, Culture, and Change," draft 1972

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"Languages of Silence: Is Discursive Culture Dead?," draft 1972

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"Skinner," draft 1972

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"The Transformation of the Novel," draft 1972

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"The Absurd in Literature," draft 1973

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"Avant-Garde Trends in Contemporary American Fiction," draft 1973

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"Defining Modernism," draft 1973

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"Ideology, Utopia, and Fantasy: The Contemporary American Imagination," draft 1973

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"Modern and Postmodern: Avant-Garde Movements in American Literature," draft 1973-1974

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"Myth, Literature, and Technology: A Convergence," draft 1973

 

"New Convergences in Culture: Myth, Literature, and Technology. The Making of a New (American) Consciousness"

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Drafts 1973-1975

Scope and Content Note

See also "Myth, Literature, Technology: A Whitmanic Prophecy," 1975.
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"Reflection and Transparency," draft 1973

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"( ): Finnegans Wake and the Postmodern Imagination," draft 1973

Scope and Content Note

See also Series 1. Early Published Writings, 1962-1984, for "Joyce, Beckett, and the postmodern imagination" (1975) and Letter to editor regarding "( ): Finnegans Wake and the Postmodern Imagination" (1975). See also chapter four of Paracriticisms: Seven Speculations of the Times (1975).
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"Avant-Garde trends in Contemporary American Fiction," draft 1974

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Colloquium, draft 1974

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"Culture and the Prophetic Imagination," draft 1974

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"Science: Imagination: Future," draft 1974

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"Myth, Literature, Technology: A Whitmanic Prophecy," draft 1975

Scope and Content Note

See also "New Convergences in Culture: Myth, Literature, and Technology. The Making of a New (American) Consciousness," 1973-1975.
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"The Novelist's Image of Europe and America," draft 1975

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"Unmaking: A Postmodern Fiction," draft 1975

 

"Dimensions of the Future in the Humanities"

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Holograph draft 1976

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Draft 1976

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"The Evolving Consciousness in Art and Literature," draft 1976

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"Experiment in Criticism," draft 1976

Scope and Content Note

Notes for an MLA special session.
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"Vision and Value: Toward a Posthumanist Culture?," draft 1976

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"The New Gnosticism: Diffusion of the Sacred in Contemporary Culture and Literature," draft 1977-1979

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"Prologue," draft 1977

Scope and Content Note

Introduction to the MLA special session, "Literary Theory and the Critical Quarterly in America."
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"The Brightness and Fullness of Culture: Toward a Transhumanized Earth" circa 1978

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"The Canon of Modern American Literature," draft 1978

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"Ideology, Utopia, Fantasy in Contemporary America," draft 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Includes "We are Tomorrow: Centers of Transformation in Self and Society," draft
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"The Question of Postmodernism: The Examples of Fiction and Criticism," draft 1978

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"Beyond Interpretation," draft 1979

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Aachen conference on postmodernism, draft 1979

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"Postmodernism and Paracriticisms," draft 1979

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"Remarks on the Ph.D. in English," draft 1980

Scope and Content Note

Delivered at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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"Science, Technology, Culture: Toward a Postmodern Gnosis?," draft 1980

 

"The Technology of Consciousness: Language, Myth, Culture, Technics"

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Holograph draft circa 1980

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Draft 1980

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"Beyond the Two Cultures: Science and the Humanities in Our Age," drafts 1981-1985

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"Desire and Dissent in the Postmodern Age," draft 1981-1982

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"Experimental Fiction: The Challenge of Postmodernism," draft 1981

 

"Innovation/Renovation: Toward an Idea of Cultural Change" 1981-1982

Scope and Content Note

Former title: "Innovation/Renovation."
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"Innovation/Renovation," holograph draft 1981

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Drafts 181-1982

Scope and Content Note

Includes introduction that is titled "Toward a Cultural Theory of Postmodernism."
 

"The One and the Many Again: The Question of Judgment"

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Holograph draft 1981

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draft 1981

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"Samuel Beckett and the Culture of Postmodernism," draft 1981

 

"Toward a Cultural Theory of Postmodernism" 1981

Scope and Content Note

See "Innovation/Renovation: Toward an Idea of Cultural Change," 1981-1982.
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"Ambiguity in the Arts: The Culture of Postmodernism," draft 1982

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"Ideology, Utopia, Fantasy: The Sixties in American Culture," draft 1982-1985

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" Macbeth: Film and Literature," draft 1982

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"New Challenges to American Studies," draft 1982-1984

 

"Criticism: Genre, Power, or Desire? A Postmodern View," drafts 1983

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Holograph draft circa 1983-1984

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Drafts 1983

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"Modernists and Postmodernists," draft 1983

 

"One Hundred Days Around the World: Personal Notes on Geopolitics," with Sally Hassan

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Draft 1983-1987

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"From 'One Hundred Days Around the World'," holograph draft outline of lecture undated

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"Postmodernism: The Vanishing Horizon," draft 1983

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"Wolfgang and Thérèse Ule," draft 1984

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"Comment on Hayden White," draft 1984

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"Cross Currents in History and Theory," draft 1984

Scope and Content Note

See also Lectures delivered at the University of Texas, Dallas, 1984.
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"Critical Pluralism in Postmodern Perspective," holograph 1984

 

Lectures delivered at the University of Texas, Dallas

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"Making Sense: The Crisis of Postmodern Discourse" 1984 October 16

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape
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"Cross-Currents of History and Theory" 1984 October 17

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape

Scope and Content Note

See also "Cross Currents in History and Theory," 1984.
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"The Question of Discipline" 1984 October 18

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape
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"Postmodern Fiction," draft 1984-1985

 

"Criticism and Social Change: Colloquium with Frank Lentricchia" 1985

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Holograph draft 1985

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Lecture, draft 1985

 

"Making Sense: The Crisis of Postmodern Discourse" 1985

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"The Brightness and Fullness of Culture: Towards a Transhumanized Earth" 1986

 

"Democracy and Empire: American Literature and American Power in the Twentieth Century" 1986

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"IAUPE: General Introduction," holograph 1986

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"Interfaces of Culture: Quest, the West, and its Others," draft 1986-1987

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"Japanese/American Fiction" (with Iwawo Iwamoto), discussion, in English, of Pictures from the Water Trade by John David Morley 1986 September

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape
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"Our Selves Abroad: Scholars on Journeys," holograph outline 1986

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"The Struggle for the Postmodern: Theory, Ideology, and Pragmatism," draft 1986-1987

 

"Postmodernism & Joyce" 1987

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"American Visions, Visions of America: The Example of Paul Theroux" 1988

 

"Of African Lions and Snow Leopards: The City, the Wilderness and Contemporary Quest" 1988

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

 

"Representations of Otherness: Cultural Hermeneutics, East and West" 1988

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"Introduction to Paul Fussell Lecture," holograph 1989

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"Psychological Approaches to Culture and History," holograph 1989

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"The Self as Subject: A Pragmatic Reconstitution" 1989

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Symposium: "Japan and the United States Cultural Relations Myths and Realities," holograph 1989

 

"Travel as Autobiography, Autobiography as Travel" 1989

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

 

"Autobiography in Motion: Paul Theroux and Peter Conrad" 1990

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First draft

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Second draft

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Final lecture version

 

"Knowing Across Cultures" 1990

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

 

"The New American Pragmatism: Problems and Prospects" 1990

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"Selves at Risk: Quest and Adventure in Contemporary American Letters" 1990

 

"Travel and Autobiography in Cross-Cultural Perspective" 1990

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Holograph first draft

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Second draft

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Final lecture version

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"Travel as Mirror of Self and World: Some Western and Japanese Examples," holograph 1990

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"Aspects of Multiculturalism and Literary Theory," holograph 1991

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"Commemorative Speech in Honor of Iwao Iwamoto" 1991

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"Global Technology, Local Traditions: Toward a New World Order" holograph lecture outline 1991

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"Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Beyond: Toward an Open World" 1991

 

"Between the Eagle and the Sun: Three Literary Conceits of America and Japan" 1992

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"Between the Eagle and the Sun: Japanese and American Intercultural Contrasts," holograph outline

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Final lecture version

 

"Beyond Exile: A Postcolonial Intellectual Abroad" 1992

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"Introduction to Australian Lectures: Beyond Exile, etc.," lecture 1994

 

"Local Cultures in Global Collision: The United States, Japan and Transcultural Values" 1992

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Draft

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Final lecture version

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Acceptance speech for the "Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence" 1994

 

"Nation and Knowledge: Beyond All That?" 1994

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"IAUPE" 1995

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"Introduction to Ian Buruma" 1995

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ABC Meridian Program, Sydney 1996

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"Between the Eagle and the Sun: Japanese and American Intercultural Contrasts," holograph outline circa 1996

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BBC telephone interview, holograph notes 1996

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"Disputation," holograph 1996

 

"The Forgotten and Future Kingdom: Okinawan Literature at the Turn of the Second Millennium" 1996

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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"NHK Okinawan Dialogue with Natsuke Ikezawa," holograph 1996

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Interview, with Natsuke Ikezawa, on Okinawa 1996 December

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape

Scope and Content Note

In Japanese and English. See also Television show on Okinawa, February 1997. See also Series 2. Later published writings, 1985-2000, Unidentified article or interview with Natsuke Ikezawa (in Japanese).
 

"Re-visioning Yeats" 1996

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Holograph draft

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Final lecture version

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BBC interview with Charles Jencks, holograph outline 1997

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"Multiculturalism in Global Perspective (with an Eye on Japan)," draft circa 1997

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Television show on Okinawa, in Japanese undated

Physical Description: 1 VHS tape

Scope and Content Note

Includes excerpt of the interview from December 1996.
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"A Lecture: Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism: Three Isms in Search of a Concept," draft circa 1998

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"Literature and Belief: The Reclamation of Spirit," draft 1998

Scope and Content Note

Introduction to a plenary session of the IAUPE.
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"The Privations of Postmodernism: Faulkner as Exemplar (a Meditation in X Parts)," draft circa 1998

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"Three Memos to the Third Millennium: Hopes and Concerns for the Present," draft 1999

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"Integrated Session: The Hero," draft undated

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Materials for introducing Samuel Delaney, Angus Fletcher, and Ervin Laszlo, drafts undated

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"Morality, Literature, and Censorship," draft undated

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Response by Norman Holmes Pearson to Hassan's paper on teaching American literature, draft undated

 

Series 4.  Book reviews 1959-1997

Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains numerous contemporary fiction book reviews by Hassan for a variety of publications such as Saturday Review and the New York Times Book Review. Most of the reviews are of American novels, but they also reflect Hassan's growing interest in the literature of various non-Western cultures. The series also contains an unpublished report on contemporary American fiction written for the Nobel Committee on Literature.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by authors of publications reviewed by Hassan.
In a few cases, the essay does not review a single work but may discuss several works or an author in general; in such cases, only the title of Hassan's essay has been listed. Dates of publication are indicated within parentheses following publication titles. Dates of material associated with publications are supplied whenever possible. Some material associated with these publications, however, is undated.
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Walcutt, Charles. American Literary Naturalism. Review titled "Naturalism Revisited" 1959

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Fraiberg, Louis. Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism 1961

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Marshall, Paul. Soul Clap Hands and Sing. Review titled "Tatters of Age" 1961

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New World Writing 1961

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Fairbairn, Douglas, Blair Fuller, and George Mandel. Three Short Novels. Review titled "Three by Three" 1961

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Brennan, Gerald. A Holiday by the Sea 1962

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Goran, Lester. Maria Light 1962

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Hill, Pati. One Thing I Know 1962

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Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1962

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Macdonald, Dwight. Against the American Grain undated

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Mandel, George. The Wax Room 1962

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Morris, Wright. What a Way to Go undated

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Purdy, James. Children is All 1962

 

Review titled "After the Grotesque" 1962

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Draft

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Original publication 1962

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Review titled "The Existential Novel," original publication 1962

Scope and Content Note

Published under the title "Symposium: Fiction Today"
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Genet, Jean. Our Lady of the Flowers. Review titled "The Ritual Search for Being" 1963

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Malamud, Bernard. Idiots First 1963

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Pynchon, Thomas. V 1963

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Salinger, J. D. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction. Review titled "The Casino of Silence" 1963

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Willingham, Calder. Eternal Fire circa 1963

 

Dahlberg, Edward. Because I was Flesh. Review titled "The Sorrows of Edward Dahlberg" 1964

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Draft

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Original publication 1964

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Sarraute, Nathalie. The Golden Fruits 1964

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Review titled "Three Critics: Mizener, Hoffman, Podhoretz" 1964

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Elliott, George P. In the World 1965

 

Review titled " The Dial and Recent American Fiction" 1966

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Lecture, draft 1965

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Original publication 1966

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Gass, William. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country. Review titled "In Praise of Gass" circa 1968

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Review titled "Books in the Field: Anticriticism," original publication 1968

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Untitled review on Edward Dahlberg 1970

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"In Praise of Dahlberg," draft

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Original publication 1970

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Sukenick, Ronald. Out. Review titled "Reading Out: Ihab Hassan on Ronald Sukenick," original publication 1973

 

Review titled: "Abstractions" 1975

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Draft

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Photocopy of original publication 1975

 

Brooke-Rose, Christine. Amalgamemnon. Review titled "Revisionary Punorama," drafts titled "Confessions of a Graphomanic or Cassandra Graphomane." 1985

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Original publication 1985

 

Ishiguo, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. Review titled "An Extravagant Reticence" 1990

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Original publication 1990

 

Mahfouz, Naguib. Palace Walk. Review titled "The First Arab Laureate" 1990

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Photocopy of original publication 1990

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"Naguib Mahfouz's Palace Walk," ABC Radio Melbourne 1990

 

Haruki, Murakami. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Review titled "In Sorrows Begin Responsibilities: Japan's Bestselling Author Offers a Wry, Weird Parable of our Times" 1991

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Holograph draft

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Published version 1991

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Photocopy of original publication 1991

Scope and Content Note

Published as "Stylish Slide Off the End of the World."
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Published version 1992

 

Tsushima, Yuko. Woman Running in the Mountains 1991

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Draft

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Photocopy of original publication 1991

 

Tsujii, Takashi. A Stone Monument on a Fine day: Selected Poems 1991

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

"Contemporary American Literature: A Selective View. A Brief Report for the Nobel Committee on Literature" 1991

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Holograph draft

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Final version

 

Bus, Clive. Halfway to Revolution: Investigation and Crisis in the Work of Henry Adams, William James, and Gertrude Stein 1992

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism. Letter to the editor regarding Malcolm Bradbury's review and photocopy of original publication 1992

 

Lowe, Lisa. Critical Terrains 1992

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Offprint 1992

 

Takashi Tsujii. A Spring Like Any Other. Untitled review 1992

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Photocopy of original publication

 

Takashi Tsujii. A Spring Like Any Other. Review titled "Scruples and Ambivalence: Travails of a Japanese Tycoon" 1992

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

Abish, Walter. Eclipse Fever. Review titled "Ecliptic Art" 1994

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Review titled "A Textual Conceit: Kobo Abe's The Box Man and Donald Barthelme's The Dead Father" 1994

 

Garner, Helen. The First Stone 1995

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

Liu, Sola. Chaos and All That 1995

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Holograph draft

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Published version

 

Morley, John David. The Feast of Fools 1995

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Holograph draft

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Published version

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Photocopy of original publication 1995

 

Ikezawa, Natsuki. Still Lives. Review titled "Hyperrealities of Everyday Life" 1997

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Draft 1997

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Original publication and offprint 1997

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Visarison, Alexa. Richard the Third

 

Series 5.  Biographical material 1996-1998

Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains biographical materials, including Hassan's curriculum vitae, a bibliography of his works, and a list of all the universities and institutions visited by him throughout his entire career. An unpublished interview with Hassan is included.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by form of material.
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Curriculum vitae 1998

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Bibliography 1998

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Lectures, papers, visiting professorships information circa 1998

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" 20/20: A View of the Century," press release 1996

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"Interview of Rodika," unpublished interview undated

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Itinerary from 1997-1998 undated

 

Series 6.  Teaching materials 1953-1997

Physical Description: 0.6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists largely of handouts, particularly syllabi and bibliographies, for many of the courses that Hassan taught. Most of the materials are from Hassan's tenure at Wesleyan University from 1954 to 1969, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, beginning in the 1970s. There are also materials from several visiting professorships.

Arrangement

The series is arranged chronologically.
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Integrated program for freshmen 1953-1957

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English 1A-2A 1954-1964

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Humanities 1-2 and 1A-2A 1954-1960

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Western civilization I-II 1954-1962 and undated

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English 13-14 1955

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English 161, The study of poetry 1955 Summer

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English 54, The symbolic imagination 1956

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English 1-2 1956-1964 and undated

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Humanities 1-2 1956-1957

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English 51, Senior seminar, Whitman and Yeats: a comparative study 1957 Fall

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English 32, The study of poetry: contexts 1958 Spring

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College of Letters, Class of 1962 1959-1962

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English 43, Trends in postwar American literature 1963 Fall

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College of Letters, Class of 1966 1964-1966

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Salzburg seminars, Recent American fiction 1965 Summer

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Humanities 101-102 1965-1966

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English 269X, The twentieth century novel in English 1968 Spring

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Literature 152, The modern European novel 1968 Summer

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English 103, The question of evil. Literature: challenge, response, transcendence 1968 Fall

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College of Letters 376, The picaresque and gothic modes in American fiction 1969 Spring

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English 241, American literature: 1900-1940 1969 Fall

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English 519, Problems in contemporary American literature: ideology, utopia, fantasy 1972 Spring

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English 868, Myth, literature, and technology 1972 Fall

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Humanities 530/35, Culture and the prophetic imagination 1974 Spring

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English 519, The literature of the future: from ideology to science fiction, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1975 Fall

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English 775, Modern theories of the literary imagination 1976 Spring

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Avant-garde, modern, and postmodern, Seattle 1977 Summer

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English 775, The creative process in art, literature, and science 1977 Fall

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Comparative Literature 260/533, The making of the modern mind: the Promethean challenge in myth, literature, and science 1978 Fall

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English 727, Avant-garde, modern, and postmodern: three modes of literary change in the twentieth century, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1979 Spring

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English 875, Myth and literature 1980 Spring

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Comparative Literature 533, The challenge of modernism in fiction and ideas 1980 Fall

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English 720, History and theory of criticism 1981 Fall

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English 820, Contemporary criticism: theories, methods, practices 1982 Spring

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Comparative Literature 702, Literature and other disciplines: myth, literature, and philosophy 1983 Spring

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English 733, History of literary criticism 1983 Fall

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English and Comparative Literature 691, The modernist imagination 1984

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English 875, Postmodern theory and literature: an international perspective 1984

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English 350, The backgrounds of modernism 1984-1992

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English 875, Autobiography, adventure, and quest in modern American literature 1985 Spring

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English 824, American pragmatism: how to read literature 1992 Fall

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Comparative Literature 381, What is modernism in literature? 1994 Spring and 1997 Spring

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English 244, Postwar American literature undated

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Miscellaneous teaching notes and other materials undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials for topics such as "Hybrus," "Mannerism," and "Romanticism."