DeMarr, Mary Jean 1932–

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DeMarr, Mary Jean 1932–


Born September 20, 1932, in Champaign, IL; daughter of William Fleming (a professor of chemistry) and Laura Alice Bailey; married Ralph DeMarr, 1958 (marriage ended, 1966). Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Lawrence College (now Lawrence University of Wisconsin), B.A. (cum laude), 1954; attended University of Tübingen, 1954-55; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., 1957, Ph.D., 1963; attended Moscow State University, 1961-62. Religion: Presbyterian.


Home—Terre Haute, IN. E-mail—[email protected]


Junior-high-school English and German teacher in Wausau, WI, 1955-56; Willamette University, Salem, OR, visiting assistant professor of English, 1964-65; Indiana State University, Terre Haute, assistant professor, 1965-70, associate professor, 1970-75, professor of English and women's studies, 1975-95, professor emeritus, 1995—. Council on Domestic Abuse, member of council board; Presbyterian Church of the USA, moderator of Presbytery of Ohio Valley, 2000, and chair of Committee on Preparation for the Ministry. Indiana University Press, member of editorial board of Dictionary of Midwestern Literature.


Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Fulbright scholar in Germany, 1954-55; Dove Award, outstanding contribution to the serious study of mystery and detective fiction, Mystery Caucus, Popular Culture Association, 1996; Midamerica Award, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, 2000.


(With Jane S. Bakerman) Adolescent Female Portraits in the American Novel, 1961-1981: An Annotated Bibliography, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1983.

(With Jane S. Bakerman) The Adolescent in the American Novel since 1960, Frederick Ungar (New York, NY), 1986.

(Editor and contributor) In the Beginning: First Novels in Mystery Series, Bowling Green University (Bowling Green, OH), 1995.

Colleen McCullough: A Critical Companion, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1996.

Barbara Kingsolver: A Critical Companion, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1999.

Kaye Gibbons: A Critical Companion, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Cops and Constables, edited by George N. Dove and Earl F. Bargainnier, Bowling Green University, 1986; Comic Crime, edited by Earl F. Bargainnier, Bowling Green University, 1987; Women Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers, edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein, Bowling Green University, 1995; and Diversity and Detective Fiction, edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein, Bowling Green University, 1999. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Indiana English Journal, Mystery Fancier, Clues: Journal of Detection, Journal of Popular Culture, and MidAmerica. Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, deputy American editor, 1970-73, American editor, 1974-92.



Choice, January, 2000, J.J. Benardette, review of Barbara Kingsolver: A Critical Companion, p. 930.