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  • Ph.D. British and American Literature, University of Utah
  • B.A. English and Mathematics, Cleveland State University


Contact Information


sshelangoskie@lourdes.edu (preferred)


Learning Center Hall 164


(419) 517-8904

Office Hours:

W 2:15-4:15pm, Th 2:00-4:00pm and by appointment (Fall 2013)


Teaching Interests

I believe that teaching is the most important component of the faculty role, and for me it is truly a joy to work with students. I am committed to helping them develop critical thinking skills, improve their writing, and explore the philosophical, theoretical, and cultural significance of literature. Working at Lourdes has given me the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses, and each semester it is my goal to improve courses and to incorporate my distinctive expertise into the curriculum for the benefit of students. Some courses I've taught recently are listed below.

  • ENG 300: Foundations of Western Literature - This survey course emphasizes the role of tradition in the development of literature, with focus on specific genres such as the epic to demonstrate how ideas develop and change over time
  • ENG 301: British Literature I - Survey of British literature from Old English epics and elegies, Middle English romances, Arthurian legend, to eighteenth-century satire (just to give a few examples)
  • ENG 302: British Literature II - Survey of Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern literature.
  • ENG 399: Enduring Questions Seminar Against Science - This course is team taught with Anjali Gray from Biology and cross-listed with that department. This course analyzes the discursive properties of hoaxes, frauds, and misrepresentations and helps students develop research and writing skills to intervene effectively and accurately in popular scientific discourse
  • ENG 401: Studies in Fiction - This course will have a different theme/focus each time it is offered, highlighting distinctive elements of the novel genre, such as the gothic novel, realism, etc.
  • ENG 405: Shakespeare - Study of various works of Shakespeare (different plays each semester offered), with emphasis on cultural context, critical readings, and other discourses important to understanding these texts
  • MLS 605: Humanities I--History and Literature - This graduate-level course offered in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program studies methodologies of history and literature, how these methodologies developed, and the significant ways that these disciplines contrast with and compliment each other.


Research Interests

My research focuses on the intersection of technology, culture, and narrative in the Victorian period. I am particularly interested in the cultural and narrative representations of telegraphy and photography, two watershed technologies that radically altered ways of communicating and visualizing starting in the mid-nineteenth century and leading to the ubiquitous technologies that surround us today. By understanding how these technologies influence cultural discourse and storytelling in the past, I believe it is possible to understand more fully the interactions between technology and culture today.

I am currently working on several projects to further this research agenda. One is a study of the representation of failure in a major capitalist project--the construction of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. I am examining how the several failed expeditions were represented in popular discourse, with particular interest in analyzing an "it-narrative" titled Story of My Life, which is a first person account of the first failed expedition purportedly by the (personified) telegraph cable itself.

Another project is a discourse analysis study of the story of John Tawell, a real-life murderer who became famous as the first criminal caught by the electric telegraph. This project involves collecting as many accounts of this story from newspapers, letter, books, broadsheets, and other sources and analyzing how the representation of this killer and the telegraph change over time to coalesce into a cultural myth.



"Anthony Trollope and the Social Discourse of Telegraphy after Nationalization." The Journal of Victorian Culture 14.1 (April 2009): 72-92. [abstract]

"Spiritualism and the Representation of Female Authority in Shaw's Getting Married." Upstage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre 1.2 (Summer 2011): Web. http://www.oscholars.com/Upstage/issue2/susan.htm

“Domesticity in the Darkroom: Photographic Process and Victorian Romantic Narratives.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. 24.2 (June 2013): 93-111. [abstract]

"'Nerves of the Empire': Rhetorical and Literary Strategies in Submarine Telegraph Technological Travel Narratives" Forthcoming book chapter in Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories, and Collections [working title], Palgrave Macmillan.




© 2013-14 Susan Shelangoskie, Ph.D.