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Patrick Brady Papers

Identifier: MS-3346

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Series I: Correspondence consists of letters, postcards, greeting cards, and telegrams exchanged between Brady and his numerous correspondents.

Series II: Writings is the largest series in the collection and houses numerous of Brady's published and unpublished monographs. These works focus on French literature theory and specifically on the Rococo style and authors Zola and Proust. Brady also examined theoretical and analytical perspectives in French literature by applying such critical devices as period style, structuralism, archetypal theory, psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, group behavior theory, feminism, multiculturalism, catastrophe theory, chaos and complexity theory, and control theory. Brady's novels, including Boomerang, Butterfly in the Mirror, and Guruwari, embody both his interest in French literature and his youth in the Australian Outback. This series also houses the research materials that Brady created and collected in the process of writing.

Series III: Other Papers documents a number of presentations that Brady made at various conferences in addition to a selection of maps, publications, and slides.


  • 1960-2005

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18 Linear Feet (18 record boxes)


This collection consists primarily of Patrick Brady's writings and publications. He was particularly interested in period style, structuralism, archetypal theory, psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, group behavior theory, feminism, multiculturalism, catastrophe theory, chaos and complexity theory, and control theory and published extensively on the Rococo style, Zola, and Proust. The collection also houses a body of Brady's correspondence, slides, and other materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Patrick Stephen Brady was born to Patrick and Aloysia Frances (Minahan) Brady in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia on October 27, 1933. He attended Catholic primary schools and completed five years in the seminary before earning his BA (with first class honors) from the University of Sydney in 1956. After graduation, Brady moved to France at taught at the Poitiers Teacher's College (1957-1958) and at the University of Lille (1959-1960) while earning his doctorate at the Sorbonne. He completed his degree in 1960 and returned to Australia, where he taught French at the University of Melbourne (1961-1964) and at the University of Queensland (1964-1968) before emigrating to the United States in 1969. Here, Brady taught at Florida State University (1969-1972) and at Rice University (1972-1973) before accepting a position as Shumway Chair of Excellence in French and Comparative Studies in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee in 1988. Brady continued to teach in Tennessee until his unexpected death on September 30, 2006.

During the course of his career, Brady published over a hundred articles and a dozen books, including L'Oeuvre d'Emile Zola (1967), Rococo Style (1984), Chaos in the Humanities (1995), Feminism (1995), and Guruwari (1995). His preferred topics included Rococo, Zola, and Proust. Brady also founded and edited an interdisciplinary journal entitled Synthesis in which he published on such issues as chaos theory, feminism, orientalism, the relationships between mind, body, and literature, and the links between myth, magic, and metamorphosis.


This collection consists of eighteen boxes divided into three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1960-2005
  2. Series II: Writings, circa 1941-2005
    • Sub-Series A: Numbered Articles and Papers, circa 1941-2004
    • Sub-Series B: Un-Numbered Articles and Papers, 1973-2005
    • Sub-Series C: French Literature, undated
    • Sub-Series D: Articles Regarding the Rococo Period, undated
    • Sub-Series E: Boomerang,Butterfly in the Mirror, and Other Writings, undated
    • Sub-Series F: Guruwari, undated
  3. Series III: Other Papers, 1960-2005
    • Sub-Series A: Lectures and Conferences, 1976-2004
    • Sub-Series B: Maps, Slides, and Other Materials, 1960-2005

Acquisition Note

Special Collections acquired these papers in 2003.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA