Susan Cannon Harris


Associate Professor of English

Degrees: BA, Yale; MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Specialty: Irish literature, drama, performance theory, gender studies, LGBTQ literature, modern British fiction, and crime fiction.

Susan Cannon Harris teaches in the Department of English and the Keough Institute for Irish Studies. Harris's first book, Gender and Modern Irish Drama, was published in 2002 and won two awards. She has also published articles in PMLA, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, James Joyce Quarterly, Eire-Ireland, Victorian Literature and Culture, Twentieth-Century Literature, Breac, and The Emily Dickinson Journal. She is finishing a book manuscript about Irish playwrights and the political and cultural left.


Recent Publications

  • "Supernaturalism: Femninity and Form in Conor McPherson's Paranormal Plays." Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies (2014).
  • “Mobilizing Maurya: J. M. Synge, Bertolt Brecht, and the Militant Mother.” Modern Drama 56.1 (2013): 38-59. Honorable Mention, Best Paper Prize, Modern Drama 2013.
  • “Synge and Gender.” The Cambridge Companion to J. M. Synge. P. J. Mathews, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2009. 104-116.
  • “Her Blood And Her Brother: Gender and Sacrifice in Frank McGuinness's Carthaginians.” Renegotiating and Resisting Nationalism in 20th-Century Irish Drama. Scott Boltwood, ed. Gerards Cross: Colin Smythe Press, 2009. 111-128.
  • “Mixed Marriage: Sheridan, Macklin, and the Hybrid Audience.” Players, Playwrights, Playhouses: Investigating Performance, 1660-1800. Michael Cordner and Peter Holland, eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • "Red Star Versus Green Goddess: Sean O’Casey’s The Star Turns Red and the Politics of Form.” Princeton University Library Chronicle 48 (2006-2007): 339-380.
  • “Outside the Box: The Female Spectator, The Fair Penitent, and the Kelly Riots of 1747.” Theatre Journal 57 (2005): 35-55.
  • “Clearing the Stage: Gender, Class, and the ‘Freedom of the Scenes’ in Eighteenth-Century Dublin.” PMLA 119 (2004): 1264-78.
  • Gender and Modern Irish Drama. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.


Recent Awards and Honors

  • Honorable Mention, Best Paper Prize, Modern Drama, 2013.
  • Kaneb Teaching Award, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2003
  • Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2003.


Contact Information
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Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556