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Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: Steven Mailloux papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.030
18 Linear Feet
(18 records cartons)
Date (inclusive): 1965-2018
Abstract: This collection
comprises the papers of Steven Mailloux, critical theorist and Professor Emeritus of English
at the University of California, Irvine and President's Professor of Rhetoric at Loyola
Marymount University. The papers consist of scholarly and professional papers, including
published and unpublished manuscripts, essays and reviews, conference papers, and
The collection is open for research. Access to correspondence from 1992-2018 is restricted
until 2043. Restrictions are noted at the file level. Researchers wishing access to this
correspondence may submit a letter of permission to Steven Mailloux.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are generally retained
by the creators of the records and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher
to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for
permission to publish where the UC Regents do not hold the copyright. For information on
use, copyright, and attribution, please visit:
Steven Mailloux papers. MS-C030. 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.
Gift of Steven Mailloux, 2018.
Processed by Sarah Glover, 2018.
Steven Mailloux is a critical theorist and Professor Emeritus of English at the University
of California, Irvine. He is currently President's Professor of Rhetoric at Loyola Marymount
Mailloux was born in La Jolla, California on March 23, 1950. He received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in English from Loyola University, Los Angeles in 1972, his Master of Arts in
English from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric,
Linguistics, and Literature, also from the USC, in 1977. He is married to Mary Ann (Molly)
Mailloux and has three children, Mary, Roman, and Theresa.
Mailloux began his academic career as Assistant Professor of English at Temple University
from 1977-1979. He also taught at the University of Miami from 1979-1986 and Syracuse
University from 1986-1991. He became Professor of English from 1991-2010 and Chancellor's
Professor of Rhetoric from 2001-2010 at the University of California, Irvine, where he
taught rhetoric, critical theory, and U.S. cultural studies. He also served in several
administrative positions during his years at UCI including Associate Dean of Humanities for
Graduate Study from 1994-1999, Acting Director of the UC Humanities Research Institute in
1998, Director of the Critical Theory Emphasis from 2003-2008, and Interim Chair of English
and Comparative Literature from 2002-2003. For the latter position, he received on-the-job
training from 1986-1989 as Chair of English at Syracuse University when that department
initiated a comprehensive reform of its literature curriculum in the direction of critical
theory and cultural studies. He became the President's Professor of Rhetoric at Loyola
Marymount University in 2009.
Mailloux is the author of six books, including Disciplinary Identities: Rhetorical Paths of
English, Speech, and Composition (2006), Reception Histories: Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and
American Cultural Politics (1998, reissued in 2009), and Rhetorical Power (1989, reissued in
2009), as well as numerous essays, shorter publications, and conference papers. He has also
served as an Editorial Board Member for journals such as Advances in the History of Rhetoric
(2015-present); Philosophy and Rhetoric (1994-present); Pre/Text (1992-present); Works and
Days (1995-present); Conversations (2011-2014); and Western Journal of Communication
In 2004, Mailloux was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture at Summer School in the
Humanities, Moscow State University, Russian Federation.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises the professional papers of Steven Mailloux, which document his
career as a professor and scholar of Critical Theory. Materials in the collection include
drafts of his books, unpublished materials, and essays and reviews with related notes and
correspondence; conference papers with related correspondence; and general (professional)
The collection is organized in the following three series:
Series 1. Writings, 1965-2018. 9 linear feet
Series 2. Conference papers, 1975-2018. 6.5 linear feet
Series 3. Correspondence, 1976-2018. 2.5 linear feet
During processing the collection increased from 17 linear feet to 18 linear feet, due to
the overfilling of boxes before transfer. Duplicates, personally identifiable information,
financial records, and material under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
were removed from the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Critical theory -- Archives.
Critical theory -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine