Susan Cosby RonnenbergSusan Cosby Ronnenberg

Associate Professor, English
Murphy Center 541


  • B.A. in English, Hendrix College
  • M.A. in English, Southwest Missouri State University
  • Ph.D. in English, University of Oklahoma

Courses Taught: 

  • Composition and the Elements of Argument
  • Composition and Literature [Mixed Signals: Gender, Miscommunication, and the Desire for Connection with Others]
  • Honors Writing Seminar
  • British Literature Survey I
  • Literature and the Healing Arts
  • Chaucer and his Age
  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance and 17th Century Literature
  • Women Writers to 1700
  • History of English Language

Professional Activities and Affiliations: 

  • Co-authored with Glena G. Temple “Resources for Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research,” Appendices, in Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact. Eds. Mary K. Boyd and Jodi L. Wesemann. Washington, D.C.: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2009. 357-385.
  • “The Paralytic Impact of Grief on Displaced Princes: Hamlet and Oroonoko.” South Central Renaissance Conference. San Antonio, Texas. March 4, 2007.
  • “Weaving Interactive Learning into the Literature Classroom.” The Teaching Professor Conference. Atlanta, Ga. May 19, 2007.
  • "Divine Disruptions: Early Modern Female Mystics and Prophets." Workshop presentation coordinated with Carrie Klaus of DePauw University and Bo Karen Lee of Loyola College. Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities. College Park, Md. Nov. 7, 2003.
  • Member, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • Member, South Central Renaissance Association
  • Member, Sixteenth Century Studies Association
  • Member, Council on Undergraduate Research

Professional Interests: 

  • English Renaissance Literature, including prose, poetry, drama, and non-fiction
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Feminist Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Madness, Melancholy, Grief, Death, and Gender in the Early Modern Period
  • Popular Culture Studies