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  • Elizabeth Kendall

    Associate Professor of Liberal Studies & Literary Studies


    Office Location
    Lang Annex

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    Elizabeth Kendall


    I believe that teaching students to write well is the equivalent of teaching them to think well. For me, writing is the critical component of a liberal arts education; it enhances everything else.

    Selection of courses taught:

    • Nonfiction workshops
    • Cultural Criticism
    • Structure and Style (Introduction to Poetry, Drama, Fiction)
    • Reflections of race and Gender in American Culture: The Woman's Voice
    • Choreography as Cultural Text: A History of Contemporary Western Dance
    • Writing (and Reading) Paris
    • Considering Clothes
    • The Russiain Revolution and the Arts

    Degrees Held

    MAT, Language and Literature, Harvard School of Education;
    BA, Harvard University

    Professional Affiliation

    • English-Speaking Union Ambassador Book Award Committee
    • Finnish American Women’s Network

    Recent Publications

    2015, Balanchine and the Lost Muse, Oxford University Press paperback

    2013, Balanchine and the Lost Muse, Oxford University Press

    2009, Autobiography of a Wardobe, Anchor/Vintage paperback

    2008, Autobiography of a Wardrobe, Pantheon

    2002, American Daughter, Random House paperback

    2000, American Daughter, a memoir, Random House

    2002, The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s, Anchor-Doubleday

    1992, The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s, Knopf

    1984, Where She Danced: The Birth of American Art Dance, University of California Press paperback

    1979, Where She Danced, Knopf 

    Research Interests

    Nonfiction writing; Memoir Writing, Arts writing; Early 20th Century Russian (St. Petersburg) culture; Fabric and Clothing history.

    Awards And Honors

    • 2011-2012, Fellow, Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY
    • 2009, Fellow, Likhachev Foundation, St. Petersbrug Russia
    • 2004-5, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship, NYPL
    • 2002-3, National Arts Journalism Program, Senior Fellow
    • Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation grants

    Current Courses

    Independent Study

    Literary Reinvention

    Literary Reinvention: DSC

    Intro Non-Fiction

    Considering Clothes

    Independent Study

    Advanced Non-Fiction

    Ind Senior Project

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