Dr M.L.M. Janssen (Marian)

Researcher - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Researcher - Radboud Institute for Culture and History

Dr M.L.M. Janssen (Marian)
Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Marian Janssen received her PhD cum laude from Radboud University for her dissertation on the American literary magazine THE KENYON REVIEW (LSUP, 1990). She received a post-doctoral fellowship for her proposed biography of the poet Isabella Gardner. When Marian Janssen became director of Radboud's central International Office her research was relegated to a back-burner. After giving a lecture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, she was asked when she was going to finish her planned biography. When Marian said that writing a biography and being the director of the International Office did not mix, she was offered, on the spot, a grant from the DER Foundation for a year’s sabbatical. This led to NOT AT ALL WHAT ONE IS USED TO: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ISABELLA GARDNER (2010), which was reviewed widely and well. On the basis of the Gardner biography, Marian was asked to write the life of feminist Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carolyn Kizer (1923-2014). She quit her job as director and accepted a research position at the Radboud Institute for Culture and History. Marian has received numerous grants, from e.g. Fulbright, The American Philosophical Society and The American Council of Learned Societies. She was Visiting Scholar at Harvard and twice at UC Berkeley. Marian regularly reviews biographies in Dutch and English. She is the founding chair (2017) of the Biographers Brown Bag Meetings at Radboud University.


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