English Showalter shepherded a group of young American college students in the summer of 1960 in Nantes, a port city in Brittany, France. Showalter mediated the social, cultural, and linguistic differences that existed between the host community and the visitors with exceptional tact, wisdom, humor, and dignity. The graphite sketch gives a fairly accurate depiction of the graduate student who was to become one of the foremost scholars of French literature of his generation. A prolific author, recipient of numerous awards and prestigious fellowships, as well as the Executive Director of the Modern language Association, Showalter’s accomplishments are described in brief  at http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/dept-pages/french/faculty.html#showalter. He is married to the feminist literary historian Elaine Showalter, professor emerita, Princeton University. The drawings below are by Susan J. Rosen (aka Koslow).

 

English Showalter