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literature and language professor , writer

Maire Jaanus, American literature and language professor, writer. Fulbright Foundation scholar Cambridge (England) University, 1961-1962, scholar Harvard University, 1962-1964; fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, 1973-1974; Mellon grantee Barnard College, 1980, 85.


Jaanus, Maire was born on January 22, 1940 in Tartu, Estonia. Came to the United States, 1950. Daughter of Richard Jaanus and Hedda Podrang.


Bachelor in English cum laude, Vassar College, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 1968.


Teaching fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963-1964;professor, Julliard School of Music, New York City, 1965-1966;professor, State University of Illinois, 1968;instructor in English, Barnard College, New York City, 1968-1969;assistant professor, Barnard College, New York City, 1969-1976;associate professor, Barnard College, New York City, 1976-1981;professor, Barnard College, New York City, since 1981. Professor Columbia Summer School, 1981, 86, Columbia Graduate School, 1986-1992. Member numerous university committees, Barnard and Columbia.

Lecturer in field.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Georg Trakl, 1974, Literature and Negation, 1979, (novels) She, 1984. Co-editor: Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1995, Reading Seminars I & II: Lacan's Return to Freud, 1996, Lacan in the German-Speaking World, 2004. Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals.


Member American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women (Dissertation fellow 1966-1967), AABS, ACLA, Modern Language Association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American, The Author's Guild, Inc., Estonian Learned Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Edward W. Said, June 1962 (divorced 1970). Married Juhan Kurrik, 1970 (divorced 1984). 1 child, Ilomai C. Kurrik.

Married Michael E. Brown, September 3, 1988 (divorced 2000).

Richard Jaanus

Hedda Podrang

Edward W. Said

Juhan Kurrik

Michael E. Brown

Ilomai C. Kurrik Jaanus