Susan Maher

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Professional title

Professor, English Graduate Faculty


Susan Naramore Maher holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985). She has been dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of English since 2010. Among her areas of expertise are Western American and Canadian literature, ecocriticism, nonfiction writing, and the long 19th-century of British literature. Dr. Maher has served as president of the Willa Cather Foundation and the Western Literature Association.

Recent Publications

Naramore Maher, Susan. “Literature of the Great Plains: Nature, Culture, and Community.” The History of Western American Literature. Ed. Susan Kollin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 129-44.

Naramore Maher, Susan. “Great Plains Vernacular: Why Spatial Idiolect Matters.” In Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life, ed. Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, and Robert Hudson. London: Ashgate, 2015. 147-59.

Naramore Maher, Susan. Deep Map Country: Literary Cartography of the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

Lynch, Thomas P. and Susan N. Maher. Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012. Maher chapter: “‘The Places Below’: Mapping the Invisible Landscape in Loren Eiseley’s Plains Essays” (pp. 55-76).

Naramore Maher, Susan. “Untidy Borders: Eamonn Wall’s Negotiation of the American West.” Western American Literature 46.2 (2011): 143-62.

Naramore Maher, Susan. “Literary Cartography of the Great Plains.” Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West. Ed. Nicolas Witschi.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 98-114. Choice 2011 academic selection.

Carroll, Michael and Susan Naramore Maher. “Amphibious Women: The Complexity of Class in Cisneros’s Woman Hollering Creek.” Sandra Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek. Ed. Cecilia S. Donohue. Dialogues Series. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi Press, 2010. 1-16.

Naramore Maher, Susan. “Deep Map Country: Proposing a Dinnseanchas Cycle of the Northern Plains.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.1 (2009): 160-81.