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DegreesColumbia University, Ph.D.
Columbia University, M.A.
Barnard College, B.A.
ExpertiseSeventeenth- and 18th-century French prose. Cultural studies and comparative literature. Feminism and gender studies.
ProfileProfessor Harth engages in a novel combination of scholarly work. She continues to be interested in women in early modern France, but she has also written on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans. Early in 2014 her first work of fiction (self-published), "Red Hill Blues," appeared on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions. "Red Hill Blues" is a mystery novel set in 1953 in the New York village of Croton-on-Hudson, where the author grew up. It features two teen-age girl sleuths braving the vicissitudes of the 1950s Red Scare. It also features occasional comic strips drawn by Karen W. Klein, a professor emerita of the English Department.
Awards and Honors
Whiting Foundation Fellowship (1993)
American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship (1989 - 1990)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1989 - 1990)
Bunting Institute Fellowship (1988 - 1989)
American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship (1978)
Sachar International Fellowship (1976)
National Endowment for Humanities Junior Fellowship (1970 - 1971)
Ansley Award (publication prize for dissertation) (1968)
Fulbright Fellowship (1959 - 1960)
Harth,Erica L. Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans. New York: St. Martins/Palgrave, 2001.
Harth,Erica L. Cartesian Women: Versions and Subversions of Rational Discourse in the Old Regime. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.
Harth,Erica L. Ideology and Culture in 17th Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983.
Harth,Erica L. Cyrano de Bergerac and the Polemics of Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970.