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Elisabeth Bell Robert Coover papers

Identifier: MsC1242

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Scope and Contents

The Elisabeth Ly Bell Papers span from 1961 to 2017 and are sorted into a single Research series. The materials are comprised of Ly Bell’s research on American author Robert Coover, includng contextual research, scholarly essays on Coover, Coover’s creative/scholarly works and inter-personal correspondence, Ly Bell’s doctoral thesis on The Public Burning, and Ly Bell’s own teaching materials covering Coover. Correspondence between Ly Bell and Coover is also included. The materials are ordered according to Ly Bell’s own organization for her personal research. As such, materials, while collected together in the finding aid, are spread physically across multiple folders and boxes. Please pay special attention to extent and instance notes.


  • Creation: 1961 - 2017

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Elisabeth Ly Bell is a German scholar of American literature with a particular interest in the works of American contemporary writer Robert Coover. She has an MA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a PhD from the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. She has taught as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University's Literary Arts Program and at the English department at University of Rhode Island.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Coover—born in 1932 in Charles City, Iowa—is an American author and novelist known for his blend of satire, politics, and fable/folklore. He is most known for his work The Public Burning,which portrays a grim and folksy rendition of the trials and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Coover attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale before receiving his B.A. in Slavic Studies from Indiana University Bloomington in 1953. He has an MA from the University of Chicago in the Humanities, received in 1965. He taught at Brown University from 1981 to 2012, where he helped establish the MFA program in Digital Language Arts. Also at Brown he's served as T. B. Stowell Professor Emeritus in Literary Arts .


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Research and correspondence from German-born scholar of contemporary American fiction Elisabeth Ly Bell. Ly Bell has a long career interest in the works of American author Robert Coover.

Carmela Furio
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Repository Details

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