Susan M. Ryan
Associate ProfessorEmail: susan.ryan @ louisville.edu
Office Hours: Fall Term: T 9:30 - 10:45; Th 12:30 - 2:00;
and by appointment
- Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.A., English, Washington University, St. Louis
- American literature and culture before 1900.
- Nineteenth-century reform movements; history of authorship; American periodicals.
- Current project: "The Moral Economies of American Authorship"
Honors & Awards
- Honorable Mention, Gustave Arlt Book Prize in the Humanities, Council of Graduate Schools, 2004.
- Summer Research Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2004.
- Olorunsola Faculty Research Award, University of Louisville, 2003.
- C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
- American Studies Association
- The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (Cornell UP, 2003).
Articles and book chapters:
- “Moral Authority as Literary Property in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Print Culture.” The Cambridge History of American Women Writers, ed. Dale Bauer (Cambridge UP, 2012). 333-72.
- "Stowe, Byron, and the Art of Scandal," American Literature 83 (March 2011): 59-91.
- “Douglass, Melville, and the Moral Economies of American Authorship.” Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, ed. Robert S. Levine and Samuel Otter. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2008. 88-109.
- “Blood and Treasure: A Response to Eric Lott.” American Literary History. 20 (spring/summer 2008): 124-31.
- “Reform.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, ed. Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett. New York: New York University Press, 2007. 196-99.
- “The Bostonians and the Civil War.” Henry James Review 26 (2005): 265-72.
- “Charity Begins at Home: Stowe’s Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship.”American Literature 72 (2000): 751-82. .
- "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 (Sept. 1997): 191-212. Special issue: "Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century America."
- "Errand into Africa: Colonization and Nation Building in Sarah J. Hale's Liberia." New EnglandQuarterly 68 (Dec. 1995): 558-83.