Susan Shelangoskie, Ph.D.
Lourdes University
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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.


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.




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