Charles Fanning Papers 1969-2011
Scope and Contents:
The Charles Fanning papers are a collection of letters, photographs, magazine and newspaper articles, academic essays, manuscript reviews, student recommendations, and research notes that document the academic career of Charles Fanning from 1969-2011.
The collection provides insight into the development of Irish Studies as an academic discipline, and follows the career trajectory of Fanning from PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania to Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Fanning's research notes and collection of academic essays about the 19th century Irish immigration wave in the United States, the Irish-American community in Chicago, the novels of James T. Farrell, the comics of Finley Peter Dunne, Irish Literature, culture, and history reveal his scholarly commitment to illuminating the literary and historical significance of non-canonical Irish and Irish-American literature. The magazine and newspaper articles that publicize his academic publications and awards, and correspondence from academic colleagues reveal his position as one of the foremost scholars in his field. Fanning's letters also include a three decade correspondence with best-selling fiction writer Rev. Andrew Greeley.