Edward K. Kaplan papers Edit


03 MWalB01570A


  • circa 1950-2010 (Creation)
  • 1970s-2005 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 2009-07-27 (Other)


  • 43.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Biographical / Historical

    Edward K. Kaplan (b. 1942) was a Professor of French, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and Humanities at Brandeis University from 1978 to his retirement and subsequent Emeritus status in 2015. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA and PhD from Columbia University. Professor Kaplan served as Chair of the Romance Studies and Religious Studies during his time at Brandeis University and was named the Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Professor of the Humanities in 2003. Professor Kaplan was a scholar of French Romanticism and Modern French poetry, as well as 20th century religious writers, and was interested in how aesthetic, moral, and religious concerns influenced human experience through literature and thought. He taught courses on the French novel, Existentialism, and religious mysticism. He was a noted translator of Baudelaire and wrote the first intellectual and cultural biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Spiritual Radical.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Student grade books/sheets are restricted.

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Edward K. Kaplan

  • Method of Acquisition

    Delivered by Prof. Kaplan.

    Materials include: CVs, book reviews, student grade books/sheets, and materials from his participation on Brandeis's Minority Committee (precursor to Intercultural Center (1970s-c.2006).

  • Custodial History

    Edward K. Kaplan is the original owner of these materials.

  • Preferred Citation

    Edward K. Kaplan Papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Scope and Contents

    Personal papers of Edward K. Kaplan (circa 1950-2007), professor of Romance languages and literature at Brandeis University. Included are: school materials (grade school through graduate school); personal and professional correspondence; creative writing; poetry; student activism materials (Columbia U.); dissertation materials; articles; essays; research materials; Heschel book drafts, articles, and symposium materials; teaching materials from Amherst College and Brandeis University; student grade books/sheets (to be disposed of or restricted); CVs; grants; materials from the Brandeis Minority Committee (precursor to Intercultural Center); MLA committee materials, publications, and conference presentations; and materials related to his trip to the Soviet Union.

    Materials are in multiple languages. Predominantly English, but also French and Italian.


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