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January 20, 2007


Author on women's issues

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, a historian and author who influenced conservative thought on women's issues, has died in Atlanta.

Dr. Fox-Genovese, the Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities at Emory University, died Jan. 2 at Emory University Hospital of complications from surgery in October, the university said in a statement posted on its Web site.

A self-described complex conservative, Dr. Fox-Genovese earned her doctorate at Harvard. In 1986 she became founding director of Emory's Institute for Women's Studies. In 2003, President Bush awarded her the National Humanities Medal.

Dr. Fox-Genovese wrote a 1988 book, Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. Virginia Shadron, assistant dean of Emory's graduate school of arts and sciences, said it established Fox-Genovese as an independent scholar.

Her other work included Feminism Is Not the Story of My Life: How the Feminist Elite Has Lost Touch With the Real Concerns of Women, published in 1996, and her 1991 Feminism Without Illusions critiqued the women's movement.

With her husband, Eugene D. Genovese. a well-known historian of American slavery, she wrote The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview (Cambridge University), published in 2005.

In interviews and in her writings, Fox-Genovese ascribed her political transformation in part to her growing embrace of religion. Reared in a household of secular intellectuals, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1995.

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