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Susan O'Hara

Dr. Susan Lauffer O'Hara

Professor of English


Arts and Sciences


English Department

Office Location:

Jefferies 222

Office Hours:

M/W  3:30 – 4:30 Tues. 3:30 – 4:30

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., English, Rutgers University
  • M.A., English, Rutgers University
  • B.A., summa cum laude, English, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:
  • Shakespeare I:  Of Kings and Lovers
  • Shakespeare II:  Deception and Betrayal
  • Shakespeare and the Theater of Violence and Obsession
  • Chaucer:  Bawds and Churls
  • British Literature I & II
  • American Literature I & II
Professional Experience:
  • Chair, Department of English, 2017-2020
  • Grievance Committee, 2018-2020
  • Third Year Review Committee, 2018-2020
  • Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, 2013-2017; 2019-2020
  • University Honors Program Advising Council, 2010-2016
  • Director, University Honors Program, 2010-2013
  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee, 2009-2010

Research / Creativity Interest Area

  • The Theatricality of Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus:  Unmasking Conventions in Context, Selinsgrove:  Susquehanna University Press, 2011
  • “Masques as Ephemerae:  Their Importance to Plot, Characterization, Irony, and Cultural Significance”  Journal of Drama Studies (Fall, 2008)
  • “Contextualizing Collaborative Learning:  Social Justification and the Revision Process”  EAPSU ONLINE,  English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (Fall, 2008)
  • “Reading the Stage Rubrics of Mary Wroth’s Folger Manuscript of Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.”  In New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, IV, edited by Michael Denbo.  Tempe, Arizona:  Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008.
  • “Sonnets as Theater:  The Performance of Ideal Love and the Negation of Marriage in Mary Wroth’s Masque” Explorations in Renaissance Culture (Summer 2003)
Works in Progress:
  • “Stella’s Wise Direction, Astrophil’s Acquired Grace.”  (Under the revision process)
  • “The Profanely Erotic Bridegroom Passages in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.”  (Under the revision process)
Selected Conference Presentations:
  • “The Profanely Erotic Bridegroom Passages in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.”  Performing Women/Performing Gender in the Age of Shakespeare and Beyond.  Shakespeare Association of America, April 20, 2019.
  • “Stella’s Wise Direction, Astrophil’s Acquired Grace.”  Celebration of Faculty Research.  Georgian Court University.  Fall, 2018.  This research was funded by a Georgian Court University Sabbatical, Spring 2017.
  • “The Profanely Erotic Bridegroom Passages in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.”  [Re]Fusing the Bible:  Revision and Parody in Medieval Britain.  Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, March, 2013.
  • “Computers and Collaborative Learning:  A Public Forum for Revision Strategies,” Computers and Writing 2009:  Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing, University of California, Davis, June, 2009.
  • “‘miseries in woeful cries / Deliver’d forth’:  Pamphia Defined,” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, December, 2007.
  • “Reading the Stage Rubrics of Mary Wroth’s Folger Manuscript of “Pamphilia to Amphilanthus,'” 42nd International Medieval Congress, University of Michigan, May, 2007.
  • Mary Wroth’s Rubrics of Performance in Pamphilia to Amphilanthus,” Medieval-Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia, September, 1998.

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