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Elaine Showalter

Born: Jan 21, 1941

Birthplace: Boston

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Elaine Showalter

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1941
Birth Place : Boston

Elaine Showalter is an American literary critic, feminist, and writer on cultural and social issues. She is one of the founders of feminist literary criticism in United States academia, developing the concept and practice of gynocritics. Best known in academic and popular cultural fields, she has written and edited numerous books and articles focused on a variety of subjects, from feminist literary criticism to fashion, sometimes sparking widespread controversy, especially with her work on illnesses. Showalter has been a television critic for People magazine and a commentator on BBC radio and television.


  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Commentator
  • Editor
  • Literary critic

Also known as

  • Elaine C. Showalter
  • Elaine Cottler


  • English Showalter


  • Michael Showalter
  • Victoria Showalter

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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