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  • 1. Susan Allen Ford 200 South Bolivar Avenue Phone: 662-843-1461 (home) Cleveland, MS 38733 662-846-4082 (office) Education: April 1989 Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor April 1978 A. M., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor May 1977 A. B., Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio summa cum laude, High Honors in English, Phi Beta Kappa Teaching: 1994- Professor of English and Writing Center Coordinator, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 1991-94 Associate Professor and Writing Center Coordinator, Delta State University 1989-91 Assistant Professor and Writing Center Coordinator, Delta State University 1987.89 Instructor, Delta State University 1983.87 Adjunct Instructor and Part-time Writing Lab Assistant, Delta State University Courses include: British Romanticism, the English Novel, Jane Austen, Detective Fiction, Introduction to British Literature, Introduction to Short Story and Novel (including Honors section focusing on the Gothic), Introduction to Poetry and Drama, Composition (all levels), Approaches to Tutoring Writers; invented and coordinated interdisciplinary course on the French Revolution (1988) and participated in another on Columbus and the Age of Discovery (1992). 1978.83 Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Publications: Great Books Series: Jane Austen’s Emma (on-line course for Barnes & Noble University; also published as Emma, Barnes & Noble University Great Books Series. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2002). “Joyce Carol Oates.” Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide. Ed. Douglass H. Thomson, Jack G. Voller, and Frederick S. Frank. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 303-14. “Detecting (and Teaching) the Gothic.” Studies in Popular Culture 24.1 (Oct. 2001): 47-57. “Teaching Contemporary Female Gothic: Murdoch, Carter, Atwood.” Approaches to Teaching the Gothic. Ed. Diane Long Hoeveler and Tamar Heller. Modern Language Association, forthcoming. “Love, Pedagogy, and Power: Jane Austen Re-writes Madame de Genlis.” Persuasions 21 (1999): 172-87. “The Romance of Business and the Business of Romance: The Circulating Library and Novel-Reading in Sanditon.” Persuasions 19 (1997): 177-86; submission by invitation to Family, Feminism, and Romance, ed. Inger Sigrun Brodey and Gene Koppel, volume currently under review at St. Martin’s Press. “Tracing the Other in Patricia D. Cornwell: Costs and Accommodations.” Clues 20.2 (1999): 27-34. “Tales of the Times: Family and Nation in Charlotte Smith and Jane West.” Family Matters in the British and American Novel. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly Herrera, Elizabeth Mahn Nollen, and Sheila Reitzel Foor. Bowling Green: Popular Press, 1997. 15-29. “Feminist Detective Fiction,” “Marcia Muller,” “Ruth Rendell.” The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Ed. Ray B. Browne and Pat Browne. Bowling Green: Popular Press, 2001. “Michael Gilbert’s Melchester Chronicles.” POMPA (1994): 170-75. “‘A Name More Dear’: Daughters, Fathers, and Desire in A Simple Story, A False Friend, and Mathilda.” Re-envisioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837. Ed. Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. 51-71. “De-Centering the Writing Center: A Tutor-Training Dialogue.” Journal of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of English 14.1 (Fall 1991): 30-36.
  • 2. “‘The same damn thing over and over’? Patterns of Consciousness in Blue Rise and Novels of Awakening.” Journal of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of English 8.1 (Fall 1985): 30-36. Rev. of Southern Literature and Literary Theory, ed. Jefferson Humphries. Journal of Mississippi History 54 (1992): 212-14. Rev. of Ladies, Women, and Wenches: Choice and Constraint in Antebellum Charleston and Boston. By Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease. Journal of Mississippi History 53 (1991): 150-51. Rev. of From Rose Budd’s Kitchen, by Rose Budd Stevens, and The Soul of Southern Cooking, by Kathy Starr. Mississippi Folklore Register 23 (1989): 67-71. Rev. of Eudora Welty’s Chronicle: A Story of Mississippi Life, by Albert J. Devlin. Journal of Mississippi History 46 (1984): 257-58. Papers Presented: “The Conquests of Philosophy: Charlotte Smith and Elizabeth Hamilton” (South Central Modern Languages Association 2002) “‘Intimate . . . by instinct’: Fanny Price and the Comedy of King Lear” (Jane Austen Society of North America 2002) “But now her price is fallen”: Mansfield Park and the Revision of King Lear” (South-Central Renaissance Conference 2002) “The Reformation of Charles Bingley: Pride and Prejudice and The Children of the Abbey” (Mississippi Philological Association 2002) “‘Intimate . . . by instinct’: Mansfield Park and the Comedy of King Lear” (South Central Modern Language Association 2001) “How to Read and Why: Detecting the Gothic in Jane Austen’s Emma” (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism 2001) “Bits of Ivory: Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen Mysteries” (Popular Culture Association 2001) “Risk and Repression: The Detective Fiction of Liza Cody” (Women and Power: Engendering Risk 2001) “The Gothic Geographies of Joyce Carol Oates’s Fiction” (Mississippi Philological Association 2001) “‘A tetherball on a very short cord’: Sue Grafton’s Exploration of Genre” (Popular Culture Association 2000) “Teaching the Contemporary Female Gothic: Murdoch, Carter, Atwood” (Mississippi Philological Association 2000) “‘Only a novel’ or ‘Real solemn history’? Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen Mysteries” (South Central Modern Language Association 1999, MPA 1999) “Pedagogy and Power: Miss Austen Re-writes Madame de Genlis” (Jane Austen Society of North America 1999) “Boiled Down, Boiled Harder: The Seasoning of Sharon McCone” (Popular Culture Association 1999, MPA 1998) “‘The Great Globe itself [and] all which it inherit’: Re-discovering Shakespeare’s Theatre” with John R. Ford (Mississippi Council of Teachers of English 1999) “Urban Labyrinths and Lost Families: The Gothic Transformation of Liza Cody’s Fiction” (Popular Culture Association 1998) “Seductive Fictions: The Romance of Business and the Business of Romance” (Jane Austen Society of North America 1997) “The Maternal Spectre in the Novels of Sara Paretsky and Liza Cody” (International Popular Culture Association [York, U.K.] 1997) “Tracing the Other in Patricia Cornwell: Costs and Accommodations” (Popular Culture Association 1997, MPA 1997) “The Mother/Daughter Plot in the Feminist Detective Novel: The Case of Sara Paretsky” (South Atlantic Modern Language Association 1996) “‘There is very little sense in a play without a curtain’: Designing Spaces in Mansfield Park” (Nineteenth Century Studies Association 1996, MPA 1996) “Tales of the Times: Family and Nation in Charlotte Smith and Jane West” (Conference on 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers 1996) “Making Histories, Making Fictions: Charlotte Smith’s Desmond” (Southeast Nineteenth Century Studies Association 1995)
  • 3. “Desmond: Charlotte Smith’s Reflections on the Revolution in France” (Popular Culture Association 1995, MPA 1995) “Michael Gilbert’s Melchester Chronicles” (Popular Culture Association 1994, MPA 1994) “‘Tale As Old As Time?’ The Disney Version of Beauty and the Beast” (Popular Culture Association 1993, MPA 1993) “‘A Name More Dear’: Daughters, Fathers, and Desire in A Simple Story, A False Friend, and Mathilda” (South Atlantic Modern Language Association 1992, MPA 1992) “De-Centering the Writing Center: A Tutor-Training Dialogue” (Southeast Writing Centers Association 1990) “The Writing Proficiency Exam: Evaluating Writing Across the Curriculum” (Conference on Successful College Teaching 1990) “‘Perhaps you may guess’: Anxieties of Verbal Game in Emma” (South Central Modern Language Association 1987) “Spinsters on Mean Streets: The Hard-Boiled Fiction of Liza Cody, Marcia Muller, and Sara Paretsky” (National Women’s Studies Association 1987) “Genre, Gender, Geography: Diversity in Sophomore Literature” (panelist at Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College 1987) “Imperfect Articulations: The Language of Isolation in Sense and Sensibility” (Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 1986) “‘The same damn thing over and over’? Blue Rise and Novels of Awakening” (Southern Women: Portraits in Diversity 1985) Other: Co-Editor, POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association (1998- ) Instructor, Great Books Series: Jane Austen’s Emma (on-line course for Barnes & Noble University, Dec. 2002- ) SAT-II Reading (June 2003, June 2002) “Shakespeare: Text and Performance” (participated in week-long course sponsored by University of Nevada and the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) “‘The Great Globe itself [and] all which it inherit’: Re-discovering Shakespeare’s Theatre” with John R. Ford (presentations at Tallahatchie [MS] RiverFest 2000; Delta Pen Women, April 1999; Delta State First Tuesday, September 1998) “Women Poets and the Age of English Romanticism” (DSU Archives, March 1998) “‘Pictures of Perfection?’ Jane Austen and Film” (presentation at Union County [MS] Library, March 1998; Tupelo AAUW/Lee County [MS] Library, February 1998; Cleveland [MS] AAUW, March 1997) Panelist, Evaluation of NEH Summer Seminar and Institute applications, 1996 “Social Change in Early Modern Britain and the Rise of the Novel” (NEH Summer Seminar directed by John Richetti, 1994) CLEP Essay Reading (May and July 1993) “Telling Tales: Humanities Approaches to the Study of Folk Narrative” (NEH Summer Institute directed by Jack Kugelmass, 1992) NTE Essay Reading (June and November 1991, March 1992) “Women and Men Poets in British Romanticism” (NEH Summer Seminar directed by Stuart Curran, 1990) “Dorothy Wordsworth and English Romanticism” (panel discussion, Delta State, 1988; Mississippi Humanities Commission funding) Mississippi Mindscape program scholar, Leland and Tunica public libraries (1987, Mississippi Humanities Commission funding) Let’s Talk About It program scholar, Carrollton-North Carrollton Public Library (1985, Mississippi Humanities Commission funding) Academic Service: DSU: Chair, Educational Program Committee for Re-affirmation [Southern Association of Colleges and Schools] Self-Study (2002- ); Chair, Languages & Literature Library Acquisitions (1987- ); L&L Student
  • 4. Advisement (1988- ); Composition Committee (1983-86, 1989- ); L&L Graduate Committee (1996- ); Special Programs Committee (1986- ); Chair, General Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate (1996-97); Secretary, Faculty Senate (1995-96); Chair, Educational Support Services Committee for Re- affirmation [Southern Association of Colleges and Schools] Self-Study (1992-94); Graduate Council (1990-92, 1994-96). Other DSU Service: conduct workshops for evaluators of the Writing Proficiency Examination each semester; conduct workshops for students preparing for MCAT each year. Mississippi Philological Association: President and Conference Chair (2002-03, 1998-99, 1993-94). South Central Modern Language Association: Nominating Committee (2002); Chair, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature (2000); Secretary, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature (1999). Jane Austen Society of North America: Essay Contest Committee (2001-02) Memberships: Jane Austen Society of North America, Jane Austen Society of North America/Louisiana, South Central Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South-Central Renaissance Conference, Popular Culture Association, Mississippi Philological Association, Phi Beta Kappa, American Association of University Women (Cleveland Branch) Community Service: American Association of University Women (Cleveland Branch), Treasurer Habitat for Humanity (Cleveland) Publicity Committee

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