Curriculum Vitae

Marilyn Yalom
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Stanford University
Stanford, Ca, 94305
(415) 723-1994
Biographical sketch of Marilyn Yalom


1963 Ph.d. Comparative Literature, Johns Hopkins University Dissertation: The Myth of the Trial in the Works of Camus and Kafka (With Distinction) Dissertation Director René Girard

1956 M. A. T., French, German, Harvard University

1954 B. A. in French, Wellesley College (Honors in French)

1953 Diplôme de Littérature Contemporaine, University of Paris/Sorbonne (Mention honorable)


1987- Present Senior scholar, Michelle Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University (unsalaried)

1976-1987 Deputy Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Lecturer, Modern Thought and Literature Program, Stanford University

1963-1976 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Profesor of Foreign Languages, California State University / Hayward

1961-1962 Instructor in French, University of Hawaii


Finalist for Christian Gauss Phi Beta Kappa Book Award [for her book How the French Invented Love, 2012].

Finalist for American Library in Paris Book Award [for her book How the French Invented Love, 2012].

Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, February 28, 2013.

Certificate of Recognition “honoring extraordinary leadership in the literary arts and continued commitment to ensuring the quality of reading [through her book The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History] thereby benefiting the people of the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California.” 2004

Officier des Palmes Academiques awarded by the French government, 1992

American Council of Learned Societies, Travel grant , 1992, $3000

Residence at Rockefeller Research and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, April 1988

California Council for the Humanities, "Dialogues with Western Women Writers," 1980, $10,000 (Principal Investigator)

National Institute of Education, "Dissemination of Research findings on Women," 1979, $18,519 (Co-Investigator)

National Endowmant for the Humanities #EP-28712-78-147, "The Female Experience: Victorian Heritage," 1978-79, $49,953 (Project Director)


I. Books

The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship, with Theresa Donovan Brown (HarperCollins, Sept. 2015), under contract for German, French, Polish and Korean translations.

How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance (HarperCollins, 2012); French , German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish editions, 2013; Chinese forthcoming.

The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History
Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
(May 15, 2008

Birth of the Chess Queen (New York: Harper Collins, 2004)

A History of the Wife (New York: Harper Collins, 2001)

A History Of the Breast (New York: Knopf, 1997)

Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory (New York: Basic Books, 1993 - London: Pandora/Oram, 1998)

Le Temps des Orages: Aristocrates, Bourgeoises, et Paysannes Racontent (Paris: Editions Maren Sell, 1989)

Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness (University Park and London: Penn State Press, 1985)

II. Edited Books

Inside the American Couple: New Thinking, New Challenges, ed. Marilyn Yalom and Laura Carstensen, (University of California Press, 2002)

Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions ed. Barrie Thorne with M. Yalom (New York: Longman, 1982); Second Edition (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1992)

Revealing Lives: Autobiography, Biography, and Gender, ed. With Susan Groag Bell. Includes our introduction and my essay on Adele Hugo (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990).

Rebecca Kosier Newcomer, A Mother's Journal for Her Son, 1887-1908, ed. And introduced by M. Yalom (Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1988).

Coming to Light: American Women Poets in the Twentieth Century, ed. with Diane Middlebrook (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1985). Includes my chapter on Sylvia Plath.

Women Writers of the West Coast, ed. M. Yalom (Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1983). Includes my introduction and chapter on Tillie Olsen.

Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States, General editors: Hellerstein, Hume, and Offen; Associate editors: Freedmen, Gelpi, and Yalom (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1981). Part IV "The Older Woman" and many French translations throughout book by Yalom.

Every Day Gets a Little Closer: A Twice-Told Therapy, by Irvin D. Yalom and Ginny Elkin, ed. And introduced by M. Yalom (Basic Books, 1974).

III. Articles

Preface to The Libertine (New York: Abbeville Press, 2013), pp. 6-7.

“Milk,” Paradis, 6, 2012, p. 85.

“Qu’est-ce que l’homme?” (Response to the question “What is man?”) Sciences et Avenir, jan./fév., 2012.

“The Breast,” Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) pp. 169-172.

“Revolutionary Dialogue,” Program Notes for “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” New York City Opera, October, 2004.

“Gay Marriage in Context,” Stanford Magazine, July/August, 2004, p. 31. (Interview)

“S.W.A. K.,” Wellesley Magazine, Winter, 2004, pp. 24-29.

"More money for parents," Opinion, The Christian Science Monitor, April, 17, 2002, p. 17.

"Witch's Tit," entry for Oxford Companion to the Body (Oxford University Press, 2001).

“The Self as a Psychological, Literary, and Historical Construct,” genre, No. 20, 1999, pp. 3-15.

“Treasured Chest” (The Female Breast), Icon, August, 1997, pp. 51, 53.

"Cynthia Ozick's Paradoxical Wisdom," in People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity, ed. Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Jefferey Rubin Dorskey (University of Wisconsin Press, 1996), pp. 427 438.

"Madness," The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (Oxford University Press, 1994).

"Introduction to George Sand's Indiana, trans. Eleanor Hochman (Dutton Signet Classic, 1993).

"The Woman Warrior as Postmodern Autobiography,” in Approaches to Teaching Kingston's "The Woman Warrior”, ed. Shirley Geok lin Lim (Modern Language Association of America, 1991), pp. 108 115.

“Female Lifewriting: A Western Perspective,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Vol. IV, December, 1991, pp. 27-30.

"George Sand's Poetics of Autobiography," in The World of George Sand, ed. Datlof, Fuchs, and

Powell (Greenwood, 1991), pp. 85 92.

"Beijing in Five Days," (memoir) Sequoia (Stanford University Literary Magazine), Vol. 33, No. 1, Summer, 1989 pp. 65 76.

“Father-Daughter Incest: Family Dynamics, Research Findings, and Survivor Memoirs,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Vol III, No. 1, December, 1989, pp. 47-52.

“Recent Minority Women's Literature in America," Bulletin of the Institute for Women's Studies, Ochanomizu University, in English with Japanese, Winter 1988 89, pp. 21 36.

"Women's Autobiograpies in French, 1793 1939," French Literature Series (University of South Carolina, 1985, pp. 197 205.

"Toward a History of Adolescence: The Contribution of George Sand," George Sand Colloquium, ed. Janis Glasgow (Whitson, 1986), pp. 204 215

"Dédoublement in the Works of George Sand," George Sand Papers : 2, (AMS Press, 1982), pp.21 31.

"Changes in Female Sexuality: A Study of Mother/Daughter Relationships," with Suzanne Estler and Wenda Brewster, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Autumn, 1982, vol. VII, No. 2, pp. 141-154.

"Women of the Fifties : Their Past Sexual Experiences and Current Sexual Attitudes in the Context of Mother/Daughter Relationships," with Wenda Brewster and Suzanne Estler, Sex Roles : A Journal of Research, September, 1981, pp. 877 888.

"They Remember Maman : Attachment and Separation in Leduc, De Beauvoir, Sand and Cardinal,” Essays in Literature, Spring, 1981, pp. 73 90.

"Triangles and Prisons A Psychosocial Study of Stendhalian Love, Hartford Studies in Literature, Vol. VII, No. 2, 1976, pp. 82 97.

"Ernest Hemingway A Psychiatric View," with Dr. Irvin Yalom, Archives of General Psychiatry, June 1971, pp. 285 494.

"Camus and the Myth of the Trial," Modern Language Ouarterly, December, 1964, pp. 434 450.

La Chute and A Hero of Our Time," French Review, December, 1962, pp. 138 145.

IV. Review Articles

Martin, Brian Joseph. Napoleonic Friendship. Military Fraternity, Intimacy & Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France. (Durham, New Hampshire: New Hampshire University Press, 2011.) Nineteenth-Century French Studies Volume 40, Number 1 & 2, Fall-Winter 2011-2012, pp. 166-168.

“The Second-Best Bed and Other Conundrums” by Germaine Greer (Harper Collins, 2008). Women’s Review of Books, January/February 2009.

“Stripping Away the Summitville Secret.” Review of Summitville. By Theresa Donovan Brown. (, 2001). Stanford Magazine, March/April, 2001, pp. 86-87.

An Intimate Geography. By Natalie Angier. (Houghton Mifflin, 1999). The New York Times, April 8, 1999.

The King’s Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray. By Nina Rattner Gelbart. (University of California Press, 1998). The American Historical Review, April, 1999.

The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together. By Eleanor Maccoby. (Harvard University Press, 1998). Stanford Magazine, May/June, 1998, pp. 30, 32.

"The Last Taboo," Dialogue with Kathryn Harrison, author of The Kiss. Stanford Magazine July/August, 1997, pp. 20 21.

Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen. By Mara Faulkner. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993). American Literature, March, 1994, pp. 197-98.

Social Science and the Self: Personal Essays on an Art Form. By Susan Krieger (Rutgers University Press, 1991). Getting Personal: Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiograghical Acts. By Nancy K. Miller (Routledge, 1991). Signs, Winter, 1993, pp. 455 458.

The Subversive Family: An Alternative History of Love and Marriage. By Ferdnand Mount (Free Press, 1992). Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamv, Adultery and Divorce. By Helen E. Fisher (Norton, 1992). The Washington Post, Book World, December,1992.

Autobiographical Tightropes: Simone de Beauvoir, Natalie Sarraute. Marguerite Duras, Monique Wittig, and Maryse Condé. By Leah D. Hewitt (University of Nebraska Press, 1990). a/b: Auto Biography Studies, Spring, 1992, pp. 124 126.

The Secret Ring: Freud's Inner Circle and the Politics of Psychoanalysis: Helene Deutsch, Karen Horney, Anna Freud, and Melanie Klein. By Janet Sayers (Norton, 1991). New York Newsday, Oct. 20,1991, pp. 41 42

Deborah, Golda and Me. By Larry Cottin Pogrebin (Crown, 1991). The Washington Post, September 8, 1991, p. 7.

"Feminism's Latest Makeover," Review article of The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th Century. By William H. Chafe (Oxford, 1991) and The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women. By Naomi Wolf (Morrow, 1991) The Washington Post, June, 1991, P. 7.

Reproduced in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 157, 2002.

Prisoners of Men's Dreams: Striking out for a New Feminine Future. By Suzanne Gordon (Little, Brown). San Francisco Chronicle. February 3, 1991, p. 6.

“The Search for Myth and Meaning,” Review of The Cry for Myth. By Rollo May. (New York: Norton, 1991). San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 1991, pp. 3-4.

Sexual Moralities in France, 1780 – 1980. By Anthony Copley (Routledge, 1989) in Nineteenth Century French Studies, Vol. 19, Nos. 3 & 4, Autumn Winter, 1990 1991, pp. 167-69.

The Looney Bin Trip, By Kate Millett (Simon and Shuster, 1990) in The Washington Post, May 13, 1990; Reprinted in the International HeraldTribune, May 26, 1990.

Lives of Courage: Women for a New South Africa. By Diana E. H. Russell (Basic Books, 1989) in San Francisco Chronicle, January 7, 1990, pp. 3 4.

Men / Women of Letters, ed. Charles Porter, Yale French Studies (No. 71, 1986), in

Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Spring-Summer, Vol 16, Nos. 3 and 4, pp. 426-29.

French Feminism in the 19th Century. By Claire Goldberg Moses. (N. Y.: SUNY Press, 1984) in

Nineteenth Century French Studies, Spring, 1986, pp. 397 98.

"The Washington School of Psychiatry Publishes: Psychiatry and the Humanities," Hartford Studies in Literature, Vol.III, No. 3, 1976, pp. 243 245.

“Prophet within his own Language (C. F. Ramuz),” ADAM International Review, Nos. 319-20-21, 1967, pp. 76-78.