Tuesday, January 01, 2008

My wife gets her dissertation cited in the NY Times

Most of us academics assume that our dissertations go un-read beyond our committees unless they get published in book form. My wife's dissertation, however, just got cited in a New York Times article about the re-emerging reputation of Marion Mahony Griffin, an early 20th Century architect who worked with FLW and her husand, Walter Burley Griffin.

"Among Mahony’s champions is Elizabeth Birmingham, an assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University in Fargo. “The specifics of Marion’s life fell victim to the primary scholarly effort to establish and fix the canon of ‘great men’ whose genius-personalities, buildings and texts would become central to the story of architecture,” she wrote in a dissertation.

Ms. Birmingham points out that architectural historians who acknowledge Mahony have tended to focus on her relationships with men and on her physical appearance, often in unflattering terms. (She was frequently described as homely, though Brendan Gill, in “Many Masks,” his 1987 biography of Wright, called her a “gaunt, beaky beauty.”) "

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