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Literature educator

Joseph C. Harris, American literature educator. Junior fellow Society for the Humanities, 1971-1972, Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1985-1987, American Council Learned Society fellow, 1975-1976; recipient Elliott prize Medieval Academy, 1972.


Harris, Joseph C. was born on September 18, 1940 in Columbus, Georgia, United States. Son of Joseph Clarence and Georgia (Walker) Harris.


Bachelor, University Georgia, 1961. Bachelor with honors, Cambridge University, England, 1967. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1963.

Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1969.


Assistant professor Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-1972, professor folklore, since 1985, Francis Lee Higginson professor English literature. From assistant professor to professor Stanford University, California, 1972-1982. Professor Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1982-1985.

Visiting professor Bonn University, 1992.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: The Ballad & Oral Literature, 1991. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Married Nancy Flowers. Children: Alice Kittrell, Elizabeth Whiting Flowers. Married Monika Maria Totten.

1 child, Sonja Sophia Totten-Harris.

Joseph Clarence Harris

Georgia (Walker) Harris

Nancy Flowers

Monika Maria Totten

Alice Kittrell Harris

Elizabeth Whiting Flowers Harris

Sonja Sophia Totten-Harris