Susan Mayberry

Margaret & Barbara Hagar Professorship in the Humanities
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


  • BA: English, minors in French and history, Meredith College
  • MA: English, North Carolina State University
  • PhD: English, University of Tennessee
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Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Early Modern British Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • American Literature
  • Literature of the American South
  • African American Literature
  • Toni Morrison
  • All sorts of poetry
  • All kinds of drama

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Can’t I Love What I Criticize? The Masculine and Morrison. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, Dec. 2007. Received the Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (Copenhagen, 2009) and a 2008 Toni Morrison Society Book Recognition Award. Nominated for the 2008 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Studies Award.
  • The Critical Life of Toni Morrison. Studies in American Literature and Culture: Literary Criticism in Perspective. Camden House Press. Expected June 2020.
  • “Masculine Othermothering in Toni Morrison’s Home .” In Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood. Ed. Lee Baxter and Martha Satz. Bradford, ON: Demeter, 2017. 13-37.
  • “Home as a Rosetta Stone for Toni Morrison’s Decryptions of the Masculine.” US-China Foreign Language 15.5 (May 2017): 315-29.
  • "Visions and Revisions of American Masculinity in A Mercy." In Toni Morrison: Paradise, Love, A Mercy. Ed. Lucille P. Fultz. London: Bloomsbury, 2013: 166-84.
  • "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?: Food, Race, and [En]countering the Modern in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby." In Toni Morrison: Forty Years in The Clearing. Ed. Carmen R. Gillespie. Bucknell UP, 2012: 211-35.
  • Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: Critical Approaches edited by Shirley A. Stave and Justine Tally (review). African American Review 45.3 (Fall 2012): 463-66.
  • "The Sign of the L[etter]: Celestial Law in Love." In Memory and Meaning: Essays in Honor of Toni Morrison, a Festschrift presented to Toni Morrison on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Feb. 18, 2011.
  • "Putting Down Parking Lots out there in Unpaved Paradise: Toni Morrison [en]Counters American Cowboy Culture." South Atlantic Review75.3 (Summer 2010): 83-108.
  • Toni Morrison’s Beloved Origins by Justine Tally (review). African American Review 43.1 (Spring 2009): 178-80.
  • "Everything about her had two sides to it: The Foreigner's Home in Toni Morrison's Paradise." African American Review 42.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008): 565-578.
  • "Something Other than a Family Quarrel: The Beautiful Boys in Morrison's Sula." African American Review 37.4 (Winter 2003): 517-533.
  • "Ask Your Mama: Women in Langston Hughes's The Ways of White Folks." The Langston Hughes Review 13.2 (Winter/Summer 1995): 12-25.
  • "Out of the Mouths of Babes: Children and Narrative Voice in Langston Hughes's The Ways of White Folks." Griot 14.2 (Fall 1995): 48-58.
  • "A New Heroine's Marriage: Willa Cather's O Pioneers!" The Old Northwest: A Journal of Regional Life and Letters 16.1 (1992): 37-59.
  • "Salmagundi" and "The Sewanee Review." American Literary Magazines: The Twentieth Century. Ed. Edward Chielens. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1992. 295-99; 321-30.
  • "Symbols in the Sewer: A Symbolic Renunciation of Symbols in Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground." South Atlantic Review 54 (1989): 71-83.
  • "Cuckoos and Convention: Madness in Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling." Mid-Hudson Language Studies 8 (1985): 21-32.
  • "Illusion and the Grotesque in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Southern Studies 22 (1983): 359-65. Rpt. Contemporary Literary Criticism 111 (1998).


Phi Kappa Phi, 1975
NCTE Summer Institute on Gender Studies and the Canon, 1988
NCTE Summer Institute on Cultural Studies, 1989
Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alfred University, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2015
Fred H. Gertz Professor of English (2001-2004)
Toni Morrison Society Book Recognition Award for Can't I Love What I Criticize?, 2008
Abigail Allen Faculty Award in Women's Studies, Alfred University, 2009
Outstanding Book Award for Can't I Love What I Criticize from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (Copenhagen, 2009)
Margaret and Barbara Hagar Professor in the Humanities (2016-2022)

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