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 is the former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and has been a 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.