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Susan Helene Lurie
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
 
e-mail:lurie@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1989
  • B.A., SUNY Albany, 1969
 
Primary Department
   Department of English
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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    Research Areas
     20th-century and 21st-century U.S. Literature and Culture, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Political Theory
     

    Book project: "Spectacualr Bodies and Political Knowledge: 9/11 Cultures and the Problem of Dissent"

     

    In my book project, Spectacular Bodies and Political Knowledge: 9/11 Cultures and the Problem of Dissent, I explore the role of literature and culture in producing political knowledge in the long aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.  Often in direct dialog with the political theory that gains prominence in the same period, these works contribute importantly to debates about: the tension between democracy and state of exception policy, the recruitment of citizen consent to state violence, the regulation of dissent in times of crisis, the substitution of depoliticizing discourses for political rights and demands, the conditions for an ethically based politics that insists on protections for all.  Focused on the relation between representation and the production of political subjectivity, these texts illuminate both entrenched and promising new dynamics between desires for protection and political community within and across national boundaries.

     
    Teaching Areas
     20th-century and 21st century U,S. Literature and Culture; U.S. Cultural Studies; Feminist Theory and Criticism; Politics and Literature/Culture; Jewish-American Literature and Culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     

    Susan Lurie "Spectacular Bodies and Political Knowledge: 9/11 Cultures and the Problem of Dissent," American Literary History 25.1 (Spring 2013): 176-189. Print [Invited]." 

     
     

    Lurie, Susan.  "Spectacular Bodies and Political Knowledge: 9/11 Cultures and the Problem of Disent"  American Literary History 2012; Doi: 10.10939/alh/ajs058.

    Note: This is a November 2012, online publication of the essay which is also forthcoming in print in American Literary History, spring, 2013.

     
     

    Susan Lurie ""Falling Persons and National Embodiment: The Reconstruction of Safe Spectatorship in the Photographic REcord of 9/11." Terror, Culture, Politics: 9/11 Reconsidered, eds. Terry Nardin and Daniel Sherman, in press, Indiana UP." In Press

     
     Books
     

    Susan Lurie "Unsettled Subjects: Restoring Feminist Politics to Poststructuralist Critique." 

     
     

    Susan Lurie "Unsettled Subjects: Restoring Feminist Politics to Postructuralist Critique." : 200.

     
     Other
     

    Susan Lurie, Ann Cvetkovitch, Carla Kaplan, Jane Gallop, Tania Modleski, and Hortense Spillers ""Restoring Feminist Politics to Poststructuralist Crititique: A Dialogue"." Feminist Studies (Forthcoming)

     
     

    Susan Lurie "A Twentieth-Century Portrait: Jane Campion's American Girl." Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century. Eds. John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff. Mineapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 2000. 83-100.

     
     

    Susan Lurie "'Feminist Possibilities,' a dialogue with Ann Cvetkovitch, Jane Gallop, Tania Modleski, Hortense Spillers." *Feminist Studies* (Accepted)

     
     

    Susan Lurie "A Twentieth-Century *Portrait*: Jane Campion's American Girl." *Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century,* Ed. John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff (University of Minnesota Press) (In press) : 36 ms. pages.

     
     

    Susan Lurie "Performativity in Disguise: Ideology and the Denaturalization of Identity in Theory and *The Crying Game*." *The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film and Television*, 43: 51-62 (8X11 format).

     
     

    Susan Lurie "A Twentieth-Century Portrait: Jane Campion's Eroticization of Isabel Archer." A Post-Victorian Frame of Mind, Eds. John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff (U of Minnesota Press) (forthcoming (in press)) : 30 ms. pages.

     
     

    Susan Lurie "Performativity in Disguise: Ideology and the Denaturalization of Identity in Theory and The Crying Game." The Velvet Light Trap (forthcoming (in press))

     
     

    Susan Lurie, Ann Cvetkovitch, Jane Gallop, Tania Modleski, and Hortense Spillers "Feminist Politics and Poststructuralist Critique: A Dialogue." Feminist Studies (forthcoming)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    "Free Falls and Empty space: Safety, Danger, and the Built Environment after 9/11." American Studies Association, Washington, D.C.. (November, 2005)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    ""9/11 Cultures and Political Knowledge,"  University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana." (Feb. 25, 2011)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    ""Spectacular Bodies and Political Knowledge,"invited talk atthe "Bodies, Inc" Symposium at TExas A&M U ." (11/3/12)

     
     

    Invited Lecturer.  ""Falling Persons and National Embodiment: Bodies, Buildings, and the Photographic Record of 9/11"." Center for 21st-Century Studies:, U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (May 28, 2003)

     
     Other
     

    ""Aliens and (as) the Police"." Narrative Conference, Rice University. (March, 2001)

     
     

    ""Increasing Diversity in Graduate English Programs" ." Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, DC. (December 28, 2000)

     
     

    ""Performativity in Disguise: Ideological Uses of the Denaturalization of Identity" ." Invited Lecture, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. (April, 2000)

     
     

    ""The Future of Feminist Difference"." The Future of Feminist Critique: Ethics, Agency, Politics, Rice University. (November 4, 2000)

     
     

    "Respondent, "Rethinking Race and Ethnicity: Beyond Binary Identities" ." American Studies Association, Detroit. (October, 2000)

     
     

    "Feminist Studies and Nineteenth-Century U.S. Studies"." Dickens Conference, Santa Cruz, CA. (August, 1999)

     
     

    "Politics in the Age of the the -Post: Feminist Critical Race and Ethnicty Theory"." MLA Convention, Chicago. (December 28, 1999)

     
     

    "Performativity and Ideology in Theory and Populare Culture." Narrative Conference, Evanston, Illinois. (April, 1998)

     
     

    "Space and Social Identities, formal response to panel of same name." American Studies Association Convention, Seattle. (November 19-21, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    ""Professors in Public," delivered to the MLA Convention, Seatlle, Wa., 1/2012.." (1/5/12)

     
     

    Presenter on panel, "Women's Studies at Rice".  ""Institutional Considerations for Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Programs"." National Women's Studies Association, New Orleans. (June, 2003)

     
     

    Panel Chair.  ""Violent Epistemologies" (Panel Chair)." American Studies Association, Hartford, Conn. (Oct., 2003)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    ""9/11 Cultures and Political Knowledge: Don DeLillo's Falling Man," presented to the Feminist Reading Group at Rice." (Feb. 19, 2010)

     
     Session Chair
     

    ""Shaping Public Opinion in 2012," session organizer and chair, MLA, Boston, January, 2013." (January 20)

     
     

    ""Political Knowledge Now,"  Modern Language Association Convention." (Dec. 28, 2010)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Delores Keller, Ph.D. "Playing at the Margins: Childhood and Self-Making in 20th-C U.S. Ethnic Literature. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Tania Ann Kennedy, Ph.D "'Keeping Up Her Geography": Women's Writing and Geocultural Space in Early 20th-c U.S. Literature and Culture. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Jen Rickel, Ph.d Narrative States: Human Rights Discourse in Contemporary Literature. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jennifer Rickel, Ph.D. Narrative States: Human Rights Discourse and Contemporary Literature. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mercedes Harper, Ph.D. Womens' politics in 19th-c Texas. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Adriane Bezusko, Ph.D Discourses of Class and Freedom in Post-1945 U.S. Literature. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joe Adams, Ph.D. Philosophy. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mercy Harper, Ph.D. "White Women's Heritage Organizations in Texas". (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Adriane Bezusko, Ph.D. Trafficking in the Space of Poverty. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mercedes Harper, Ph.D. Texas Women and Politics (topic). (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joanna Fax, Ph.D. Sexual Deregulation: Reading New Subjects of Affective Labor. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Adriane Bezusko, Ph.D. "Reading Poverty in the U.S., Post-1945. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joanna Fax, Ph.D. "Affects at Work: Labor and Queer Subjectivity from McCarthyism to Neoliberal Times. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joanna Fax, Ph.D. Sexual Deregulation: Reading New Subjects of Affective Labor from the Early Cold War to the Neoliberal Era. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jim Toweill, Ph.D. "Disengagement in Contemporary U.S. Literature". (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joanna Fax, Ph.D. Sexual Deregulation: Reading New Subjects of Affective Labor from the Early Cold War to the Neoliberal Era. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Amanda Moehnke, PH.D. Thesis on Brazilian History. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Adriane Besusko, Ph.D. Post- World War II Literature and Culture and Domestic Policy Wars. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Laura Fletcher, Ph.D. Race and Melancholy in 20th-c U.S. Literature. (Thesis Director)

     Laura Fletcher, Ph.D. Melancholia, Race and Gender in US. Literature and Culture. (Thesis Director)

     Delores Keller, Ph.D. Childhood Play in 20th-c U.S. Ethnic Literature. (Thesis Director)

     Joanna Fax, Ph.D. Political and Sexual Subjectivity in US Literature and Culture, 1950-present. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Positions Held
     Nonfiction Prose Division, elected member, Modern Language Association. (2010 - 2010)