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Raymond Federman Papers

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Material Toward Books

Professional Projects

Teaching

Samuel Beckett Research Material

Personal Papers

Works by Others

Ephemera

Audiovisual

Printed Material

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Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1941-2010

ID: MS/MS/ms044

Primary Creator: Federman, Raymond, 1928-2009

Extent: 266.0 Boxes

Languages: English, Croatian, German, Finnish, Slovenian, French, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Raymond Federman Collection includes extensive draft and proof materials toward Federman's books including Double or Nothing, Amer Eldorado, Aunt Rachel's Fur, and Shhh. Also, materials relating to his critical work on Samuel Beckett, short stories, poems, essays, extensive correspondence, unpublished works, reel-to-reel audio recordings, student dissertations and teaching materials, clippings and other ephemera, photographs, and born digital materials.

Collection Historical Note

Raymond Federman (May 15, 1928 – October 6, 2009) was a French–American novelist and academic, known also for poetry, essays, translations, and criticism. He was a writer in the experimental style, one that sought to deconstruct traditional prose. This type of writing is quite prevalent in his book Double or Nothing, in which the linear narrative of the story has been broken down and restructured so as to be nearly incoherent. Words are also often arranged on pages to resemble images or to suggest repetitious themes.

Federman was born in Montrouge, France, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan from 1951 to 1954, he studied at Columbia University under the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1957. He did his graduate studies at U.C.L.A., receiving his M.A. in 1958, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1963, with his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett.

He taught in the French Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1964, and in the French Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1973, and as a fiction writer in the English Department at SUNY-Buffalo from 1973 to 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1990, and in 1992, appointed to the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature, where he served until retiring in July 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Distinguished Emeritus Professor.

Federman died of cancer at the age of 81 and in May 2010, his final new English novel, SHHH: The Story of a Childhood, was released by Starcherone Press.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Technical Access Note: The library cannot provide access to all born-digital materials due to lack of required hardware/software. Requests for born-digtial material may require advanced notice. Please contact Special Collections for more details.

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2096. Purchased from Raymond Federman, 1997

Accession number 2013.033. Purchased from Lame Duck Books, November 13, 2013

Accession number MSS2017-028. Purchase from Erica Federman, September 11, 2017

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Finding Aid Revision History: Edited on 8/15/2018 by Elizabeth Winter under the supervision of Robert Manley


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
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Series 5: TeachingAdd to your cart.
RESTRICTED: Needs to be reviewed for possible redaction before access is granted.
Box 208Add to your cart.
Folder 1: California State University Summer Arts, The Experimental Narrative, 2004Add to your cart.
Includes course schedule, student work, correspondence, travel arrangements, flyers, class roster, and contract
Folder 2: Campbell Tatham's Seminar on Take It or Leave ItAdd to your cart.
Includes Blackboard discussion board messages
Folder 3: Campbell Tatham's Seminar on To Whom It May ConcernAdd to your cart.
Includes Blackboard discussion board messages
Folder 4: Chapman University Faculty Evaluation Report, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Comparative Literature 654Z - Modern Fiction (Proust, Celine, Beckett)Add to your cart.
Includes course description and photocopies
Folder 6: English 351 - Modern DramaAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedules, class rosters, lecture notes, and photocopies. Also includes information for various other courses.
Folder 7: English 352 - The Modern European NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes course description and lecture notes
Folder 8: English 352 - The Modern European NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes class roster and course schedule, course descriptions, photocopies, etc toward other classes
Folder 9: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule, class description, class roster, clippings, lecture notes, test, and student work
Folder 10: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, course description, and student work.
Folder 11: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule, course description, student grades, and mid-term exam
Folder 12: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule, course description, photocopies, and student work
Box 209Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule and lecture notes.
Folder 3: English 358 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes class roster, mid-term exam, course schedule, course description, and student work
Folder 4: English 496/French 469 - Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Includes photocopies and articles
Folder 5: English 526Add to your cart.
Includes student evaluations
Folder 6: English 526Add to your cart.
Includes photocopies, notes, and student work.
Folder 7: English 526 - PostmodernismAdd to your cart.
Includes student work.
Folder 8: English 526 - PostmodernismAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, class roster, correspondence, and general San Diego State University information,
Box 210Add to your cart.
Folder 1: English 526 - PostmodernismAdd to your cart.
Includes class roster, student work, and notes
Folder 2: English 679 - JoyceAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes
Folder 3-4: English 679 - ProustAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes and photocopies
Folder 5: English 679 - ProustAdd to your cart.
Includes class description, student work, and lecture notes
Folder 6: English 679 - Joyce/Proust/BeckettAdd to your cart.
Consists of class rosters, class schedule, and photocopies
Folder 7: English 679 - The Fiction and Drama of Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Includes notes, handouts, course schedule, and photocopies
Folder 8: English 680 - Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule and photocopies. Also includes course description/schedule for English 544 - The Postmodern Text and English 679 - The Fiction and Drama of Samuel Beckett
Box 211Add to your cart.
Folder 1: English 688 - Modern DramaAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes
Folder 2: English 689 - Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes, photocopies, and class roster
Folder 3: English 689/French 655 - Samuel Beckett and His WorksAdd to your cart.
Includes notes, course schedule, handouts, class roster, etc
Folder 4: Fiction Festival, 1979Add to your cart.
Includes class roster, course schedule, course descriptions, notes, clippings, flyers, etc.
Folder 5: French 240 - Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Includes class roster, class schedule, and correspondence
Folder 6: French 240 - Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Consists of "Chronologies des Oeuvres de Beckett en Français et En Anglais," "Samuel Beckett A Chronology," and reserve requests
Folder 7: French 312 - Réalisme et NaturalismeAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule, mid-term exam, quizzes, and lecture notes
Folder 8: French 378 - Le Roman au XIXème SiècleAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes, class roster, class schedule, and final exam
Folder 9: French 417 - Problems in TranslationAdd to your cart.
Includes course description, class roster, and photocopies
Box 212Add to your cart.
Folder 1: French 469 - Modern European Theatre and FilmAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, photocopies, and lecture notes
Folder 2: French 503 - French TheaterAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule and lecture notes.
Folder 3: French 503 - Le Mal et La Morale Dans Le Roman du XVIIIe SiecleAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule and lecture notes
Folder 4-5: French 544 - 19th Century French PoetryAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, class lists, lecture notes,
Folder 6: French 550/English 681/Comp Lit 734 - 20th Century French NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, class lists, photocopies, and lecture notes.
Folder 7: French 550/English 685 - 20th Century French NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule, course description, and class roster
Folder 8: French 550/English 723/Comp Lit 732A - Proust & Beckett: Problems of NarrationAdd to your cart.
Includes course description, class schedule, photocopies, and lecture notes
Folder 9: French 551 - Artaud and BrechtAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture note and photocopies
Box 213Add to your cart.
Folder 1: French 551 - Genet, Ionesco, Vian, and AdamovAdd to your cart.
Consists of lecture notes and photocopies
Folder 2: French 551 - PirandelloAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes and photocopies
Folder 3: French 577 - 19th Century French TheaterAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes and course schedule
Folder 4: French 577 - 19th Century French TheaterAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes
Folder 5-6: French 586 - 20th Century French PoetryAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule, class lists, lecture notes, and photocopies
Folder 7: French 604Add to your cart.
Consists of notes and photocopies
Folder 8: French 604/Comp Lit 612 - Le Nouveau RomanAdd to your cart.
Includes class schedule and lecture notes
Box 214Add to your cart.
Folder 1: French 604/Comp Lit 612 - 20th Century French NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes
Folder 2-3: French 604: Problemes d'Ecriture et de Lecture Dans le Roman ContemporainAdd to your cart.
Includes class rosters, class schedule, lecture notes, student work, and photocopies. Also includes materials toward various other courses.
Folder 4: Hebrew University, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Fulbright Fellowship to Israel as Writer-in-Residence at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Includes class rosters, etc
Folder 5-8: Miscellaneous Teaching MaterialsAdd to your cart.

Includes photocopies, lecture materials, notes on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Renaud Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, etc.

Continued in Box 215

Box 215Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7: Miscellaneous Teaching MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Continued from Box 214.
Box 216Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Miscellaneous Student WorkAdd to your cart.
Consists of student essays and correspondence.
Folder 4: Naropa Summer Writing Program - Creative Writing: Experimental FictionAdd to your cart.
Consists of student work, notes and an attendance sheet
Folder 5: Problems of Writing and Reading Postmodern Fiction (Stuttgart Seminar), 1991Add to your cart.
Includes reading lists, clippings, program brochure, brochures, schedules, class roster, etc.
Box 217Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Samuel Beckett Seminar - Irvine, 2007Add to your cart.
Includes lecture notes, handouts, correspondence, and course schedule
Folder 4-5: Séminaire sur la poésie: Le Monde et les choses dans la poésie moderneAdd to your cart.
Includes course schedule and photocopies
Folder 6: TranslationAdd to your cart.
Unidentified translation assignment, possibly for French 525. Consists of photocopies, student work, and assignment list
Folder 7: 20th Century French NovelAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes
Folder 8: University of Buffalo, 1958-1998Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence relating to Federman's appointment as Distinguished Professor; meeting minutes of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure; annual reports, and additional miscellaneous materials relating to his career at the University of Buffalo
Box 218Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Idaho, Distinguished Visiting Writer in Fiction, 1995Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and travel information
Folder 2: Yad Vashem Summer Seminar for Educators, 1997Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence. Also includes correspondence concerning Surfiction Jazz and Art De Fakt. Originally housed by Federman in same folder.
Folder 3: Library catalogue printout of list of reviews and magazines in poetry roomAdd to your cart.
Possibly for the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo Libraries Special Collections

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[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
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