Susan S. Lanser
Professor Emerita of English; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Comparative Literature
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
British and Continental European History and Literature 1650-1830, Narrative Theory and the Novel, The French Revolution, History of Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Theory.
"The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic 1565-1830." Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
- Finalist for the Lammy Award in LGBT Studies
- Winner of the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize via the American Historical Association
- Honorable Mention for the Louis D. Gottschalk Prize
"Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions", coedited with Robyn Warhol. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2015.
"Letters Written in France", coedited with Neil Fraistat. Broadview Press, 2001.
- Honorable Mention, The Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Prize, International Society for the Study of Narrative, 2017
- Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015
"Women Critics 1660-1820: An Anthology." Senior editor with Folger Collective on Early Women Critics. Indiana University Press, 1995.
"Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice." Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.
"The Narrative Act: Point of View Prose Fiction." Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.
"Sex, Gender, and the Limits of Enlightenment." In "A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Enlightenment." Ed. Ellen Pollak. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2013, 45-69 (notes, 216-220).
"Gender and Narrative." In "Living Handbook of Narratology". Ed. Peter Hühn et al. Hamburg University Press, 2013.
"Of Closed Doors and Open Hatches: Heteronormative Plots in Eighteenth-Century (Women's) Studies." In "The Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation" 53 (2012): 273-290.
"The Implied Author: An Agnostic Manifesto." Style 45:1 (2011): 161-168.
"Sapphic Dialogics: Historical Narratology and the Sexuality of Form." In "Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses", ed. Monika Fludernik and Jan Alber. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2010, 186-205.
"Mapping Sapphic Modernity." In "Comparatively Queer: Crossing Time, Crossing Cultures", ed. Jarrod Hayes, Margaret Higonnet, and William Spurlin. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 69-89.
"Tory Lesbians: Economies of Intimacy and the Status of Desire." In "Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century", ed. John Beynon and Caroline Gonda. Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010, 173-189.
"Novel (Lesbian) Subjects: The Sexual History of Form." Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 42:3 (2009): 497-503.
"'Put to the Blush': Romantic Irregularities and Sapphic Tropes." In "Romantic Praxis", January 2006.
"The Novel Body Politic." In "The Eighteenth-Century Novel: Companion to Literature and Culture", ed. Paula Backscheider and Catherine Ingrassia. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, 481-503.
"The ‘I' of the Beholder." In "The Blackwell Companion to Narrative Theory". Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, 206-219.
"Eating Cake: The (Ab)uses of Marie Antoinette." Afterword to "Marie Antoinette: Portraits of a Queen", ed. Dena Goodman and Thomas E. Kaiser. London: Routledge, 2003, 273-89.
"'Queer to Queer': The Sapphic Body as Transgressive Text." In "Lewd and Notorious: Female Transgression in the Eighteenth Century", ed. Katharine Kittredge. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003, 21-46.
"Bluestocking Sapphism and the Economies of Desire." Huntington Library Quarterly, 65:1-2 (2003): 257-75.
"Sapphic Picaresque, Sexual Difference, and the Challenges of Homoadventuring." Textual Practice, 15:2 (November 2001): 1-18.
"'Au sein de vos pareilles': Sapphic Separatism in Late-Eighteenth-Century France." Journal of Homosexuality, 41:3-4 (2001): 105-16.
"Befriending the Body: Female Intimacies as Class Acts." Eighteenth-Century Studies, 32:2 (Winter, 1998-99), 179-98.
"Compared to What? Global Feminism, Comparatism, and The Master's Tools." In "Borderwork: Feminist Engagements with Comparative Literature", ed. Margaret Higonnet. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994, 280-300.
"Burning Dinners: Feminist Subversions of Domesticity," in "Feminist Messages: Coding in Women's Folk Culture", ed. Joan N. Radner. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992, 36-53.
Introduction to "Ladies Almanack" by Djuna Barnes. (New York University Press, 1992), xv-li.
"Feminist Criticism: 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' and the Politics of Color in America." Feminist Studies, 15:3 (Fall, 1989), 415-41.
"Toward a Feminist Narratology." Style, 20:3 (Fall, 1986), 341-63.
"Negative Plotting" – essay in progress
Early Modern Lesbian Subjects, for "The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature.""Rewriting the Revolution: Fictions of Liberty 1814-2014" book in progress
Selected Honors and Awards
Second Vice President of the American Society of 18th Century Studies
President-Elect, International Society for the Study of Narrative, 2013-16
Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant (with Jane Kamensky), 2012-14
Great Teachers Honoree, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2012
Innovative Course Design Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (with Jane Kamensky), 2012
Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, 2004-05
Crompton-Noll Essay Award, Modern Language Association Lesbian-Gay Caucus, 1999
NEH Folger Institute Library Fellowship, 1998-99
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland, 1992
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 1987-88
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1984
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1981
Selected Courses Taught
Gender and the Genealogy of the Novel: 1680-1800 (ENG 254a)
A Novel Nation: The Making of English Fiction 1680-1860 (ENG 220b)
Jane Austen (ENG 145b)
Gender and the Rise of the Novel in England and France (ENG 114b)
Fictions of Liberty: Europe in a Revolutionary Age (COML 115b)
How Fiction Works: Narrative in Theory and Practice (ENG 111a)
Women in Culture & Society: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (WMNS 5a)