Susan Dunn-Hensley

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: BL 484
Phone: (630)752-7102
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Education

Ph. D., University of Kansas

M.A., English, University of Kansas

B.A., English, University of Central Arkansas

About Susan Dunn-Hensley

Dr. Dunn-Hensley’s interests include Late Medieval and Early Modern English literature, Renaissance Drama, Early Modern Queenship, Children’s and Adolescent Literature, Composition, Feminism, and Performance Theory.

Publications

“The Emblematic Queen:  Extra-Literary Representations of Early Modern Queenship” Clio:  A Journal of Literature, History, and Philosophy  43:3. 6-11. [Review]

“Agnes Baynton” and other entries.  The Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen. [Ashgate, forthcoming]

“Return of the Sacred Virgin: Memory, Loss, and Restoration in Shakespeare’s Later Plays.”  Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity. Ed. Dominic Janes and Gary Waller. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 2010. 185-198.

“Whore Queens:  The Sexualized Female Body and the State.” “High and Mighty Queens” of Early Modern England. Ed. Carole Levin.  New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2003. 101-116.

Selected Conference Papers

“Wielding Virginity: Representations of Sacred Virginity and Power in the Royal Entertainments of Elizabeth I, Anna of Denmark, and Henrietta Maria.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Queen Elizabeth I Society, Tucson, April 2014.

“Performing Beauty and Race in The Masque of Blackness.” Seminar on Shakespeare without Africans. Shakespeare Association of America, St. Louis, April 2014.

“Empowering Ophelia: Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroine in Young Adult Fiction.” Midwest Modern Language Association. Milwaukee, November 2013.

“Elizabeth I and Female Sovereignty: Malory, Spenser, and Tolkien.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Queen Elizabeth I Society, Omaha, March 2013.

“Reigning in a New Generation: Elizabeth I in Adolescent Literature,” South Central Renaissance Conference, Queen Elizabeth I Society, New Orleans, March 2012.

“Real Presences: Protestantism, the Body, and the Virgin Queen.” South Central Renaissance Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, March 2011.

“Leaving London: Memory of Pilgrimage and the Sacred Feminine in Elizabeth I’s Progress Entertainments.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 2010.

“Strong Chastity: Virginity and the Gendering of Childhood.” Seminar on “Gendering of Childhood.” Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.

“Into my mother’s bosom”:  The Restorative Power of Sacred Female Community in Shakespeare’s Later Plays.”  Seminar on “Rethinking Shakespeare and Religion.” Thirty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C., April 2009.

 “Must Sacred Virgins Become Chaste Wives?: Reading Isabella’s Choice in Measure for Measure.” Seminar in “Shakespeare and Catholicism.” Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, San Diego, California, April 2007.

“Reading Beneath the Praise:  Lyly’s Endymion as Criticism of Elizabeth I.”  Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 2006.

“Constructing Masculinity in Coriolanus.” Seminar on “Masculinity and Violence.”  Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, Minneapolis, March 2002.

“From Paganism to Christianity in Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline.”  Seminar on “Shakespeare and Religion.”  Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, San Francisco, March 1999.

Creative Work

Adaptation of Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam, performed by the English Alternative Theatre, Fall 1996.

Courses Taught

  • Composition and Research (English 103 and 104)
  • Children’s Literature
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Modern Western Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Female Sexuality in Renaissance Literature (University of Kansas - English 203)
  • Love, Sex, and Gender (University of Kansas - English 203)
  • Introduction to Drama (University of Kansas  - English 211)
  • British Literature to 1800 (University of Kansas - English 312)
  • Shakespeare (University of Kansas - English 332)

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