Susan S. Lanser

Susan LanserProfessor Emerita of English; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Comparative Literature
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

British and Continental European History and Literature 1650-1830, Narrative Theory and the Novel, The French Revolution, History of Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Theory.

Selected Publications

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Representative Essays

"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.

Current Projects

"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

Selected Courses Taught