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Mary Ann Caws
Position: Distinguished Professor Emerita and Resident Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature
Phone: 212-817-8371
Room Number: 4206.02
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Kansas; Honorary D.H.L. (Doctor of Human Letters), Union College; Officer of the Palmes Académiques, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Research Interests: Modernism and modernist art; comparative poetics and poetry; art and literature in America, England, and France; translation and translation theory; contemporary aesthetics; the essay; autobiography; Bloomsbury; Dada and surrealism; film studies.
Specialization: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Film and Literature|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Modernism|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Visual Culture

Married to Dr. Boyce Bennett

Positions Held

Distinguished Professor Emerita and Resident Professor of English, French, and  

Comparative Literature 2018

Visiting Professor in French at Sarah Lawrence College (1965-66)

Barnard College  (1962-3)

University of Kansas, visiting assistant professor in French, 1963

Princeton University – visiting professor in Humanities (1979-80)

School of Visual Arts – faculty, master’s program in Humanities (1994-5)

Université de Paris VII (Jussieu)

Hunter College, CUNY lecturer (1964-5), assistant professor of French (1966-67),  Hunter College and Graduate School, associate professor (1970-74), professor of Romance Languages and ComparativeLitereature (1974—1983), distinguished professor of  French,English, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, 1983Comparative Literature Graduate School, CUNY2018

Executive Officer of the Comparative Literature Ph.D. Program, Graduate School,  CUNY 1974-83; of the    French Ph.D. Program, Graduate School, CUNY

Co-Director, Henri Peyre French Institute 1980-2002

 

Elected Positions and Positions Held

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (inducted 2010)

President, Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism, 1971-75

President, Modern Language Association of America, 1983-4

President, Academy of Literary Studies, 1984-5

President, American Comparative Literature Association, 1989-91

Life member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer

New York Humanities Lecturer

New York Humanities Institute Fellow

Romance Studies Institute, London, Senior Fellow

 

Honors

Doctor of Humane Letters, Union College 1983

Officier, Palmes Académiques, 

Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et Lettres

Trustee, 1996-2005, French Institute of Washington

 

Listings: 

Who's Who in the World

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in the East

World Who's Who of Women

Who's Who of American Women

World Who's Who of Women in Education

Writer's Directory

Contemporary Authors

Dictionary of International Biography

International Who's Who of Authors

Who's Who in Poetry and International Poets’ Encyclopedia

Directory of American Scholars

 

Fellowships: 

Guggenheim Fellow

Fulbright Fellow (travel)

National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Clare Hall, Cambridge University (elected Life Member)

Getty Scholar 1989-90

Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio) 1994; 2005

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, October, 2012

 

Editorships and Advisorships(Past and Present) 

Editor, Le Siècle éclaté  (Paris: 1973-6)

Co-Editor, Dada and Surrealism, 1980--

Chief Editor, HarperCollins World Reader, 1994

Editorial Board, Publications of the Modern Language Association,1979-81

French Review, 1970-80

New York Literary Forum

Diacritics

Twentieth Century Studies

Comparative Literature Studies

Comparative Studies

Modern Fiction Studies

College Literature

LIT

Contemporary World Writers

Sites

Orbis Litterarum

Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern Poetry

Journal of Surrealism in the Americas

 

Memberships

Authors' Guild

PEN

MLA

Life member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University

Romance Studies Institute, London, Senior Fellow

Member, Century Association

Fellow, New York Humanities Institute

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Palmes Académiques

Ordre des Arts et Lettres 

 

Books: Authored

Surrealism and the Literary Imagination. The Hague: Mouton, 1966.

The Poetry of Dada and Surrealism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971.

The Inner Theatre of Recent French Poetry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972.

André Breton. Boston: Twayne, 1974.

The Presence of René Char. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976.

René Char  Boston: Twayne, 1976.

The Surrealist Voice of Robert Desnos. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1977.

La Main de Pierre Reverdy. Geneva: Droz, 1979.

The Eye in the Text: Essays on Perception, Mannerist to Modern. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

A Metapoetics of the Passage: Architextures Surrealist and After. Hanover: University of New England Press, 1981.

L'Oeuvre filante de René Char. Paris: Nizet, 1981.

Yves Bonnefoy. Boston: Twayne, 1984.

Reading Frames in Modern Fiction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986

Edmond Jabès. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1988.

The Art of Interference: Stressed Readings in Visual and Verbal Texts. Cambridge: Polity, and Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Women of Bloomsbury: Virginia, Vanessa, and Carrington. New York and London: Routledge, 1990; paper: 1991

Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. (supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation)

Carrington and Lytton/ Alone Together. London: Cecil Woolf publisher, 1996 (Bloomsbury Heritage Series)

André Breton, Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1996.

The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter.  Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1997

Surrealism and the Art of Display, catalogue for Wexner Center's Surrealism exhibition, Fall, 1997

Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends, with Sarah Bird Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, U.S. and Britain, 1999. (supported by a grant from the Florence Gould Foundation)

Dora Maar With and Without Picasso: A Biography (London Thames and Hudson, 2000); Picasso's Weeping Woman: The Life and Art of Dora Maar (Boston: Bulfinch); Les Vies de Dora Maar: Bataille, Picasso, et les surrealistes. (Paris: Thames and Hudson); Dora Maar con y sin Picasso (Madrid: Destino); Dora Maar: Die Kunsterin an Picassos Seite (Berlin: Nicolai)—also in Danish, Chinese, etc.

Virginia Woolf: Illustrated Life. Penguin Illustrated Lives. London: Penguin, 2001; New York, Overlook 2002; London: Overlook Duckworth 2003; paper, 2004

Robert Motherwell with Pen and Brush. London: Reaktion, 2003

Marcel Proust: Illustrated Life. New York and London: Overlook Duckworth, 2003-(Featured at Chicago Humanities Festival, November, 2003)

To the Boathouse: a Memoir. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004

Jerome Hill: Living the Arts, 2005

Pablo Picasso: Critical Lives.  Reaktion Books, 2005, also in Italian, German

Henry James: Illustrated Life.  New York and London: Overlook Duckworth,  2006

Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting, Writing, Resisting. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

Surprised in Translation. Chicago:Chicago University Press, 2006.

Salvador Dali: Critical Lives.  Reaktion Books, 2008.

Provençal Cooking: Savoring a Simple Life in France. Pegasus Books, 2008.

How Vita Matters, Cecil Woolf publisher (Bloomsbury Heritage Series), 20011

Surrealism: New Worlds, Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, November, 2001

André Masson: A Mythology of Desire, catalogue for exhibition, Blain/Di Donna, April, 2012

Jean Arp: A Collection of Wood Reliefs and Collages, catalogue for exhibition, Blain/Di Donna, November, 2012

Elspeth Halvorsen, retrospective 2013, Sand, Swings, and Moon, Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, 2013

Modern Art Cookbook. London: Reaktion Books, 2013. Paperback, 2018.

Selected Poems of Pierre Reverdy, New York Review Books: (ed. and co-tr.), 2013

Pierre Reverdy, Early to Late , Black Widow Books, 2014

Blaise Pascal: Miracles and Reason: Reaktion Books, 2016

Glorieuses modernistes: Art, écriture et modernisme au féminin,  with Anne Reynes-Delobel, Presses Universitaires de Liège (Série Littératures), 2015

Undoing Art, with Michel Delville. Macerata: Quodlibet Elements, 2017.

Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism : London: Reaktion Books, 2019

Mina Loy (Critical Lives: Reaktion Books) 2021

Alice Paalen Rahon: SHAPESHIFTER, New York Review Books/Poets, 2021

Mina Loy: Apology of Genius, Reaktion Books, 2022 

 

BOOKS: Edited:

About French Poetry from Dada to Tel Quel: Theory and Text. Detroit: Wayne State, 1984.

The Prose Poem in France (co-ed with Hermine Riffaterre). New York: Columbia University Press, 1985.

Le Manifeste et le caché. Paris: Minard, 1981.  (Le Siècle éclaté)

Théorie/Tableau/Texte. Paris: Minard, 1983.  (Le Siècle éclaté)

Le texte et son double. Paris: Minard, 1985.  (Le Siècle éclaté)

Writing in a Modern Temper. Stanford: Anma Libri, 1984.

Textual Analysis: Some Readers Reading. New York: Modern Language Association, 1986.

Perspectives on Perception: Philosophy, Art, and Literature. New York: Peter Lang, 1988.

Edmond Jabès, ed. with Richard Stamelman. Geneva: Editions

de la Montagne, 1989.

co-edited (with Eugène Nicole): Reading Proust Now, New York: Peter Lang, 1990.

co-edited (with Tina Jolas) and translated: Selected Poems of René Char. New York: New Directions, 1992.

co-ed (with Ruedi Kuenzli and Gwen Raaberg): Women and Surrealism, Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1991

ed., City Images. Philadelphia, Gordon and Breach, 1991

ed., Joseph Cornell's Theater of the Mind: Selected Journals, Letters, and Files. . New York and London: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

Chief Editor: HarperCollins World Reader. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

co-edited (with Nancy K. Miller, Elizabeth Houlding, and Cheryl Morgan): Contre-Courants: Les femmes s'écrivent à travers les siècles, Prentice Hall, 1994.

co-edited (with Mary Jean Green, Marianne Hirsch, Ronnie Scharfman): Carto-graphies. Yale University Press, 1995.

ed., The Surrealist Painters and Poets, M.I.T. Press, 1997

Around Yves Bonnefoy, co-ed, L'Esprit Créateur, 1997

The Surrealist Painters and Poets, ed., Cambridge and London: M.I.T. Press, 2001

MANIFESTO: A century of isms, Modernist Manifestos and Statements, ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001

Reception of Virginia Woolf in Europe,  2000. (for the British Academy), co-ed. with Nicola Luckhurst, London: Continuum, 2001

Surrealist Love Poems, ed. and co-tr. London: Tate Modern Museum, 2001; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002; reprint, 2003

Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings  ed. New York and London: Palgrave, 2002; paper, 2003

Mallarmé in Prose,  co-tr. and ed, New York: New Directions, 2001

Maria Jolas: Woman of Action. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2004

Yale Book of 20th Century  French Poetry, ed. and co-tr. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004

Surrealism, ed.London and New York: Phaidon (Themes and Movements Series), 2004

Ed. and tr. Tristan Tzara: L’Homme approximatif, and other texts. Boston: Black Widow Press, 2004.

Ed and tr.with Jean-Pierre Cauvin: Poems of André Breton. Boston: Black Widow Press, 2005.

Ed. and tr. With Patricia Terry and Nancy Kline: Paul Eluard, Capital of ‘Pain. Boston: Black Widow Books,2006.

Ed. and tr. : The Essential Desnos. Boston: Black Widow Press, 2007.

René Char: Furor and Mystery and Other Texts,  ed. with Nancy Kline.  Boston: Black Widow Press, 2011

Ed. and tr. with Nancy Kline, Lorand Gaspar: Absolute Earth. Contramundum, 2015

Kay Sage: Catalogue Raisonné, Prestel, 2018, with Stephen Robeson Miller, 2018

Milk Bowl of Feathers: Essential Surrealist Writings, New Directions,2018

Co-ed with Michel Delville, Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem, 2020

French Prose Poem, NYRB poets = Together:Early Prose Poems (Manifold     editions)

Alice Paalen Rahon, NYRB POETS January, 2021

BOOKS Translated

Tristan Tzara: Approximate Man and Other Writings, 1974.

Co-tr. with Jonathan Griffin. Poems of René Char. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976.

Co-tr.and ed. with Patricia Terry. Roof Slates and other Poems of Pierre Reverdy. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1981.

Selected Poems and Prose of Stephane Mallarme. New York: New Directions, 1982.

co-tr. with Jean-Pierre Cauvin. Poems of André Breton. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982. Reprinted 1991.

Selected Poems of St-John Perse. New York: New Directions,

André Breton, Mad Love. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press,

Translations of René Char, The Hammer with no Master,  and The Nuptial Countenance for Pierre Boulez Concerts, January , 1989.

co-tr. with Geoffrey Harris. Andre Breton, Communicating Vessels. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1991.

tr. Marcelin Pleynet, Robert Motherwell. Paris: Daniel Papierski, 1990

Ed. and Co-tr. with John Ashbery and Patricia Terry, Selected Poems of Pierre Reverdy. Winston-Salem: Wake Forest University Press, 1991.

Selected Poems of René Char, ed. with Tina Jolas, and co-tr. New York: New Directions, 1991.

Translations of René Char's Visage nuptial and Le Marteau sans maître for the BBC, and the program, Barbican Centre, London, 1991; Translations of René Char for Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry, Norton, 1992

Translations of Victor Hugo for Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Sixth Expanded Edition

tr. Jacques Derrida and Paule Thévenin, The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1998

Co-ed, André Breton, Lost Steps, with Mark Polizzotti. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996;

Co-trans, and co-ed., with Mark Polizzotti, André Breton, Break of Day. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999

Mallarmé in Prose,  co-tr. and ed, New York: New Directions, 2001

Louis-René des Forêts, Ostinato, tr., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001

Translation of catalogue for MACBA (Museum of contemporary art) in Barcelona, 2004: Mallarmé et l’action restreinte

Ed. and tr. Tristan Tzara: L’Homme approximatif, and other texts. Boston: Black Widow Press, 2004.

Ed and tr.with Jean-Pierre Cauvin: Poems of André Breton. Boston: Black Widow Press, 2005.

Ed. and tr. With Patricia Terry and Nancy Kline: Paul Eluard, Capital of ‘Pain. Boston: Black Widow Books,2006.

Ed. and tr. : The Essential Desnos. Boston: Black Widow Books, 2007.

René Char: Furor and Mystery and Other Texts,  ed. with Nancy Piore..Boston: Black Widow Books, 2010.

Ed. and tr, Ghérasim Luca, Self-Shadowing Prey, Contramundum, 2013

Essential Poems and Other Writings of Pierre Reverdy, ed. and co-tr. with Patricia Terry. Boston: Black Widow Books, 2013

Earth Absolute: Lorand Gaspar, with Nancy Kline, Contramundum, 2015

Art catalogs on

Surrealism and the rue Blomet. London and New York, Eykyn Maclean 2013

Dora Maar and Picasso on camera (Gagosian)

Larry Poons (Loretta Howard Gallery)

Robert Motherwell and Collage (Paull Kasmin Gallery)

André Masson: A Mythology of Desire, catalogue for exhibition, Blain/Di Donna, April, 2012

Jean Arp: A Collection of Wood Reliefs and Collages, catalogue for exhibition, Blain/Di Donna, November, 2012

Elspeth Halvorsen, Sand, Swings, and Moon. Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, 2013 

Surrealism in the New World (Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco

Kay Sage,   co-Authored with Stephen Robeson Miller, 2018