Professor Susan Bruce

Title: Professor of English
Phone: (+44) 01782 734119
Email: s.e.bruce@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.060
Role: Institutional Lead for Gender Equality; Co-Chair of Keele's Athena Swan Steering Group, Athena SWAN Champion for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and REF Unit of Assessment Lead for English.
Contacting me: By email
Susan Bruce
I read English at the University of Cambridge and took my MA and PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I’ve taught at the Universities of Florence, Geneva and St Andrews as well as at Keele, and was Head of the School of Humanities at Keele from 2009-2014.  At Keele, my main roles are Institutional Lead for Gender Equality, Co-Chair of Keele's Athena Swan Steering Group, and UoA lead for English.
 
Externally, I sit on the Advisory Council of the Institute of English Studies, I Co-Chair the Arts and Humanities Alliance and am a Fellow of the English Association.
 

My doctoral research was a feminist study of Utopian fiction in the early modern period, out of which issued my anthology of Three Early Modern Utopias for Oxford World's Classics. I remain interested in utopian fiction and in feminism (​a​ recent publication is a co-edited collection for Bloomsbury, Feminist Moments, 2015), but I have also written on representations of memory, history and the self in literature produced between the two world wars; on the relations between literature and photography; on the intersections between fiction and economy, and on the nature and value of English and the Humanities more generally. More recently, I have become interested in Medical Humanities and have begun a new project entitled ‘The Epistemology of the Uterus’, which looks at the representation of that organ in diverse texts from the seventeenth century through to the present day. I’m also interested in television medical dramas and my most recent publication is on the BBC drama Bodies and the state of the NHS.

Selected Publications

  • Bruce SE. 2016. Fictional Bodies, Factual Reports: Public inquiries, tv drama, and the interrogation of the NHS. Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol. 14(1), 1-18. doi> link>
  • Smits K and Bruce S. 2015. Feminist Moments Reading Feminist Texts. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Bruce SE. 2015. Utopian Justifications: More's Utopia. Settler Colonialism, and Contemporary Ecocritical Concerns. College Literature, vol. 42(1), 23-43. doi>
  • Bruce SE. 2012. Utopia: Colonialists, Refugees and the Nature of Sufficiency. In Utopian Moments. Davis JC, 's MA, Avilés M (Eds.). Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bruce SE. 2012. ‘Using Your Profanisaurus: Comparisons, Analogies and Cultural Capital in Two English Literature Seminars.’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 12(1). doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Smits K and Bruce S. 2015. Feminist Moments Reading Feminist Texts. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Bruce S and Steinberger R. 2010. Renaissance Literature Handbook. Continuum Intl Pub Group.
  • More T, Bacon F, Neville H. 1999. Three Early Modern Utopias. Oxford Paperbacks.
  • Bruce S. 1998. William Shakespeare, King Lear. Columbia Univ Pr.
  • Bruce S. Wagner V and Bruce S (Eds.). Fiction and Economy: New essays on Economics and Literature. Palgrave.

Journal Articles

  • Bruce SE. 2016. Fictional Bodies, Factual Reports: Public inquiries, tv drama, and the interrogation of the NHS. Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol. 14(1), 1-18. doi> link>
  • Bruce SE. 2015. Utopian Justifications: More's Utopia. Settler Colonialism, and Contemporary Ecocritical Concerns. College Literature, vol. 42(1), 23-43. doi>
  • Bruce SE. 2012. ‘Using Your Profanisaurus: Comparisons, Analogies and Cultural Capital in Two English Literature Seminars.’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 12(1). doi>
  • BRUCE SE. 2007. 'Sherston's imaginary friend: Siegfried Sassoon's autobiographical prose and the idea of photography'. Biography, vol. 30(2), 173-193. doi>
  • Bruce S. 2007. Illusions of Absence: Disappearances, Displacements and the Limits of Responsibility in The Winter's Tale and The Remains of the Day. Intermedialites, vol. 10, 77-94. doi>
  • Bruce S, Jones K, McLean M. 2007. Some Notes on a Project: Democracy and Authority in the Production of a Discipline. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Cultur, vol. 7(3), 481-500. doi>
  • BRUCE SE. 2005. 'Sympathy for the dead: (g)hosts, hostilities and mediums in Alejandro Amenábar's "The Others"'. Discourse, vol. 27(2-3), 21-40. doi>
  • Bruce S. 2003. Mamillius and Leontes: Their Final Exchange. ANQ, A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, vol. 16(3), 9-12. doi>
  • Bruce S. 2001. Shakespeare: Comedies and Late Plays. This Year's Work in English Studies, vol. 79(1), 277-282.
  • Bruce SE. ‘Reason, Belief and Mortality in Thomas More's Utopia.’. Philological Quarterly: devoted to scholarly investigation of the classical and modern languages and literatures, vol. 75, 267-286.

Chapters

  • Bruce SE. 2012. Utopia: Colonialists, Refugees and the Nature of Sufficiency. In Utopian Moments. Davis JC, 's MA, Avilés M (Eds.). Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bruce S. 2007. 'Shakespeare: The Comedies'. Andrew H and Lisa J (Eds.). Palgrave.
  • Bruce S. 2007. 'There's none/Can truly say he gives, if he receives'. Timon of Athens and the possibilities of generosity, or, the gift of a stranger. Wagner V and Bruce S (Eds.). Palgrave.
  • Bruce SE. 1997. ‘Virgins of the World and Feasts of the Family: Sex and the Social Order in Two Renaissance Utopias,’. In English Renaissance Prose: History, Language and Politics. Tempe Arizona: MRTS.