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Dr. Susan Howard has been with Duquesne University since 1990 as an Associate Professor in our English & Theater Arts department. She teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on the novel, the literature of crime and detection, contemporary writers, and works that explore family dynamics.

Dr. Howard's writes on the literature and culture of the long eighteenth-century in Britain and America, and have edited works by Lennox, Scott, Edgeworth, and Burney.


Ph.D., English, University of Delaware, 1991
M.A., English, University of Delaware, 1985
B.A., English-Honors, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1981

“Capturing the Queen: Establishing Agency through Narrative Strategies and Royal Materiality in Charlotte Papendiek’s Memoirs.”  Eighteenth-Century Life 46.3 (2022): 30-51.

“The Curious Case of Charlotte Lennox: Conducting a Professional Literary Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain Outside the Bluestocking Circle.”  The Age of Johnson 24 (2021): 121-138.

“Frances Burney and the Tea Table Wars: Negotiating Agency and Propriety at the Windsor Court of King George III and Queen Charlotte.”  Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 49 (2020): 201-228.

“Narrative Surrogacy in Edgeworth’s and Scott’s National Novels.”  The Ways of Fiction: New Essays on the Literary Culture of the Eighteenth Century.  Ed. Nicholas Crowe.  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

“La Promenade sur la Terrasse, Outil Politique et Spectacle Social à la Cour D’Angleterre” [Parading the Royal Brand: Terracing as Political Tool and Social Spectacle in the Reign of George III and the Court Diaries of Frances Burney].   Dix-Huitième Siècle, no. 49, 2017.

"Transcultural Adoption in the Eighteenth-century Transatlantic Novel: Questioning National Identities in Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia." New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared: Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley. Ed. Christopher Johnson. University of Delaware Press,  2011.

A Critical Edition of Sir Walter Scott's "Waverley." Broadview Press, 2010.

"In the Public Eye: The Structuring of Spectacle in Frances Burney's 'Evelina." The Public's Open to Us All: Essays on Women and Performance in Eighteenth-Century England. Ed. Laura Engel. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

A Critical Edition of Charlotte Lennox's "Euphemia." Broadview Press, 2008.

A Critical Edition of Maria Edgeworth's "Castle Rackrent." Hackett Publishing, 2007.

 "Seeing Colonial America and Writing Home about It: Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia Epistolarity, and the Feminine Picturesque." Studies in the Novel 37.3 (Fall 2005): 273-91.

A Critical Edition of Frances Burney's "Evelina." Broadview Press, 2000.

A Critical Edition of Charlotte Lennox's "The Life of Harriot Stuart, Written by Herself."  Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1995.    

 "Revisioning Nationalism: Boswell, Porter, Scott and the Use of the Paratext." Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference. Columbia, SC, April 2012.

              "Narrative Surrogacy in Scott's and Edgeworth's Nationalist Novels." International Society for Narrative. Cleveland, OH, April 2010.

              "Family Portraits in Austen and Edgeworth: Adoptive and Blended Families in Fact and Fiction." Adoption and Culture Conference. Boston, MA, April 2010.

              "Maria Edgeworth's Blended Families in Fact and Fiction: Castle Rackrent and Belinda as Bookends in the Debate on the Union between England and Ireland." Midwest Conference on British Studies. Pittsburgh, PA, October 2009.

              "Family by Design: The Orphan and the Surrogate Family in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Novel and Film." College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2009.
        "Transracial Adoption in Eighteenth-century Transatlantic Novels: Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia Questions National Identities." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, Oct. 2007.

Dr. Howards research interests include the British novel of the long eighteenth century, 18th c. transatlantic narratives, the literature of crime and detection (18th c. to present), family life in the 18th c. in America and Britain (marriage, divorce, parenting, adoption and surrogacy, inheritance, etc.).