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Susan Frye

FryeProfessor of English

Affiliated with Gender and Women’s Studies

Hoyt Hall 213,


Susan Frye teaches courses in Early Modern and Renaissance literature and culture, including Shakespeare, as well as social theory. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to study early modern authors and women, including textual analysis, art and architectural history, feminist historicism, and material culture. She is currently writing a book on Mary Queen of Scots as author and politician. Dr. Frye enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, and theatre.


Ph.D., Stanford University

M.A., University of New Mexico

B.A., Smith College

Recent and Upcoming Courses      


Graduate Seminar on Tudor and Stuart Women

Thesis Writing for M.A. Students

Graduate Seminar on Texts and Textiles

Selected Publications/Awards

Pens and Needles: Women’s Textualities in Early Modern England. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010; 2nd ed., 2013

Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation. Oxford University Press, 1993, 2nd ed. 199

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