This collection documents Stanley Fish's professional career as a literary theorist and academic. Materials are largely textual--including
primarily drafts of his writings, publications, and clippings and photocopies for teaching and research purposes--and range
in coverage from his early student work to his most recent professional activities and publications. The collection also
includes a limited amount of correspondence and many audio recordings, the latter of which document his activities as a public
intellectual and teacher. Although each period of Fish's career is represented in collection materials, documentation from
his time at Duke University is strongest. Materials documenting his activity as an administrator--department chair at Johns
Hopkins and Duke, executive director of Duke Univeristy Press, and dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago--are very
Stanley Eugene Fish was born April 19, 1938 in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving
his undergraduate degree in 1959. He did graduate work at Yale University, from which he received a Master's Degree in 1960
and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1962. His dissertation was entitled The Poetry of Awareness: A Reassessment of John Skelton.
64.2 linear feet (157 boxes and 4 oversize folders)
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their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Collection open for research.