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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Susan Edmunds

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407 Hall of Languages



Susan L. Edmunds (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of English at Syracuse University. She specializes in the fields of U.S. modernism and twentieth-century U.S. fiction. Her first book, Out of Line: History, Psychoanalysis, and Montage in H.D.’s Long Poems (Stanford University Press, 1994), traces the influence of psychoanalytic and film theory on the development of a montage aesthetic in H.D.’s war poetry. Her second book, Grotesque Relations: Modernist Domestic Fiction and the U.S. Welfare State (Oxford University Press, 2008), examines modernist writers' critical response to the rise of a uniquely “family-centered” U.S. welfare state. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as on modern American and postwar U.S. fiction.


Areas of Supervision

Professor Edmunds has supervised M.A. and Ph.D. theses on U.S. modernism as well as on broad range of topics in twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture. These topics have included: literature of the Counterculture; critical race studies; experimental literature, film and performance art; literature and spatial theory; proletarian literature; South Asian diasporic fiction; and literature and the welfare state.