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About Marilyn Edelstein

Dr. Marilyn Edelstein, Associate Professor of English, has been on the SCU faculty since 1987. She is also a faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Before coming to SCU, she taught at UCLA and at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Dr. Edelstein received her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984, an interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 1978, and her B.A. (in literature, creative writing, religious studies and philosophy) from Goddard College in Vermont in 1974.
She has received three Irvine Foundation Grants for multicultural curriculum development, a Core Honorarium for Core Curriculum Transformation and Development, a Hackworth Research Grant from the SCU Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and several other research and curriculum development grants. She participated in an NEH Summer Seminar on “Postmodernism,” and an NEH Summer Institute on “Ethics and Aesthetics.” She has presented more than 25 papers at international, national, and regional conferences.


1993 - Present Associate Professor, Santa Clara University Department of English
1987 - 1993 Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

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  • English 134: Studies in Contemporary America
  • English 125: Feminist Literary Theory & Criticism
  • English 124: Contemporary Critical Theory
  • English 123: Studies in the History of Literary Theory--Literature and Ethics
  • English 68: Women and Literature
  • English 39: Multicultural Literature of the U.S.
  • English 32: Survey of American Literature II
  • English 11 and 12: Cultures and Ideas--Rebellion and Conformity in the Modern World


1984 Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo
1978 M.A. General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago
1974 B.A. in Literature, Religion, and Creative Writing, Goddard College

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