Department of English  
Faculty Information

Susan M. Ryan



Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
19th-century American literature and culture
Ph.D. from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contact Information:

Office: Humanities 315-D
Phone: 852-0508
Email: sryan@louisville.edu

Office Hours for Fall 2007:
Tues., 11-12; Thurs., 1-3; or by appt.

English Courses Recently Taught:

ENGL 311 - 03: American Literature I (Fall, 2003)
ENGL 571 - 01: Studies in American Literature to 1865 (Fall, 2003)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Spring, 2003)
ENGL 502 - 02: Independent Study (Spring, 2003)
ENGL 550 - 01: Studies in African American Literature (Spring, 2003)
ENGL 551 - 01: Special Topics in Literature in English (Fall, 2004)
ENGL 501 - 02: Independent Study (Fall, 2004)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Spring, 2004)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Fall, 2005)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Fall, 2005)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Fall, 2005)
ENGL 689 - 30: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 690 - 20: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 689 - 20: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 615 - 30: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 615 - 20: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 690 - 30: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2005)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Spring, 2005)
ENGL 311 - 02: American Literature I (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 690 - 30: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 690 - 20: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 689 - 20: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 615 - 20: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 689 - 30: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 662 - 1: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Prose (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 615 - 30: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 662 - 20: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Prose (Summer, 2006)
ENGL 681 - 01: Seminar in Special Studies (Spring, 2006)
ENGL 311 - 02: American Literature I (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 690 - 20: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 690 - 30: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 689 - 30: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 689 - 20: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 615 - 30: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 615 - 20: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 318 - 01: American Literature to 1830 (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 391 - 01: The Novel in English I (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 690 - 30: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 690 - 20: Dissertation Research (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 689 - 30: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 689 - 20: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 615 - 20: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 571 - 10: Studies in American Literature to 1865 (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 615 - 30: Thesis Guidance (Summer, 2008)
ENGL 310 - 02: Writing About Literature - WR (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 689 - 01: Directed Reading for Comprehensive Preliminary Examinations (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 564 - : Selected Figures in American Literature (Fall, 2009)
ENGL 571 - : Studies in American Literature to 1865 (Summer, 2009)
ENGL 690 - 01: Dissertation Research (Spring, 2009)
ENGL 615 - 01: Thesis Guidance (Spring, 2009)
ENGL 662 - 75: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Prose (Spring, 2009)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Spring, 2010)
ENGL 310 - 02: Writing About Literature - WR (Spring, 2010)
ENGL 311 - 1: American Literature I (Fall, 2011)
ENGL 402 - 01: Honors Seminar - WR (Spring, 2011)
ENGL 681 - 75: Seminar in Special Studies (Spring, 2012)
ENGL 300 - 03: Introduction to English Studies - WR (Spring, 2012)

Current Research & Teaching Interests:

Research interests: U.S. reform movements and the shaping of racial and national identities; the history of authorship; and American periodicals.

I've recently begun a new project titled "The Moral Economies of American Authorship, 1830-1870."

Teaching interests: Early American and Nineteenth-Century American literature, esp. the literatures of slavery and the history of literary taste.

Recent Publications:

The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (Cornell University Press, 2003). "Rediscoving Literature in a World of Texts." Review of Myra Jehlen, Readings at the Edge of Literature (Chicago, 2002). American Quarterly 55 (Sept. 2003): 507-513. "Charity Begins at Home: Stowe's Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship." American Literature 72 (2000): 751-83. "Misgivings: Melville, Race, and the Ambiguities of Benevolence." American Literary History 12 (2000): 685-712. "Acquiring Minds: Commodified Knowledge and the Positioning of the Reader in McClure's Magazine, 1893-1903." Prospects: An Annual Journal of American Cultural Studies 22 (1997): 211-38. "'Rough Ways and Rough Work': Jacob Riis, Social Reform, and the Rhetoric of Benevolent Violence." ATQ: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 11 (1997): 191-212. Special issue: "Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century America." "Errand into Africa: Colonization and Nation Building in Sarah J. Hale's Liberia." New England Quarterly 68 (1995): 558-83.