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Susan Frye

Dean of Outreach
Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., University of New Mexico
B.S., Smith College
Hoyt 410
The Outreach School
Dept. 3106
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
(333 Wyoming Hall)
(o) 307-766-3152
(fax) 307-766-3485


2013-present        Dean of the Outreach School, University of Wyoming

2011-2014            M.A. Director, Department of English, University of Wyoming 

2001-present        Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming        

2004-2007            Chair, Department of English, University of Wyoming

2001-2005            Graduate Advisor, Department of English, University of Wyoming

1997-1998            Chair of the Faculty Senate, University of Wyoming

1996-1999            Director of Undergraduate Honors, University of Wyoming     

1992-2001            Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming

1986-1992            Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming      


2012-13                 A.C.E. Fellow

2012                      Voted “Top Ten Teacher,” College of Arts and Sciences

2011                      Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching

2011                      Times Literary Supplement Review of Pens and Needles

2010                      Reward for Outstanding Merit in Research, University of Wyoming

2010                      Huntington Library/British Academy Research Fellowship

2009-10                 Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship

2007                      Faculty Development Award, College of Arts and Sciences

2000                      “Best Article of 1999" Award for “Sewing Connections: Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Talbot, Mary Stuart, and Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers.” Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

1997                      Interview with Scott Simon about the film Elizabeth, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio

1995-96                 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College and University Teachers

1995                      Slater Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Department of English

1994                      Mortar Board Teaching Award

1994                      Award for Outstanding Merit in Research, College of Arts and Sciences

1994                      University of Wyoming Grant-in-Aid

1993                      Faculty Development Award, College of Arts and Sciences

1990-92                 Fellow, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University

1989                      Mortar Board Teaching Award

1988                      Faculty Development Award, University of Wyoming

1986                      Finalist, Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Wyoming

1985-86                 Whiting Foundation Fellow, Stanford University

1982-85                 Stanford University English Department Fellow



2013-present         Chair, International Education Steering Committee

2012-13                A.C.E. Project, report on Freshman Seminars

2013                     Member, First-Year Success Committee

2010                     Elected member from A&S, University Tenure and Promotion Committee           

2005-07                Member, Synergy Committee

2002-03                Elected Member for A&S, University Studies Committee

2000-03                Elected Member for A&S, Faculty Grievance Committee

1998-99                Search Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs

1997-98                Chair, Faculty Senate

1995-99                Elected Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee

1997                     Committee, Report on the Graduate School

1996-97                Chair-elect, Faculty Senate

1996-97                Chair, Committee on Committees

1996-97                Faculty Liaison to ASUW (student government)

1995-96                Secretary, Faculty Senate

1995-96                Faculty Liaison to Staff Senate

1994-00                Faculty Senator, English Department

1992-98                Women’s Studies Committee

1992-94                Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee

1992-95                Graduate Council

1994-95                Committee to Review the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


2008-09                Committee on Tenure and Promotion, College of Arts and Sciences

2005-07                Member, Heads’ Council, A&S (advisory to the dean on budget and policy)

2006                     Member, A&S Student Fees / Instructional Equipment Committee

2010-13                Chair, ad hoc Ph.D. Proposal Committee (submitted 2013)

2011-12                M.A. Director

2004-07                Department head

2003                     Elected head of the English Department

2000-05                Graduate Advisor

2001-03                Chair of Committee to Revise the M.A. Program

1996; 1998-2002, 2011-12 Chair of Personnel Committee

1986-89; 1991-96; 1997-2002 Member, Personnel Committee

2001-02                Member, Writing Programs Committee

1995-2001            ad hoc Scholarship Committee

1991-93; 2000-01 Academic Professional Lecturer Committee


2013-present        Dean, Outreach School, University of Wyoming

2006                    Hathaway Task Force Member to recommend the secondary-school curriculum necessary for students to receive the Hathaway Scholarships.

2004-07               Active supporter of Wyoming Writing Project; met with teachers in Casper and Saratoga. hired Senior Lecturer Colin Keeney to direct the Project in 2007.

2004-07               Worked with Audrey Kleinsasser and the Wyoming Schools – University Partnership. Gave a paper at a session that Kleinsasser organized at the Wyoming English Education Conference, after which I met with English teachers from across the state. Participant, Wyoming Literacy event in Casper.

2000-present        Annual visit to Laramie High School AP English classes to discuss Shakespeare, Stoppard, and to recruit for the University Honors Program.

1995, 1999, 2002  Invited public lectures, UW Casper.

1994                    NEH grant to bring high school teachers to Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference.

1988                    Invited public lecture, Cheyenne, to introduce film Much Ado About Nothing.


March, 2014          Leader of University of Wyoming Delegation to Australi



Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, July 2010. 302 pages.

Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993; second edition (paperback) 1997. 228 pages.

edited Collection

Co-editor with Karen Robertson. Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women's Alliances in Early Modern England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 350 pages.

refereed journal Articles

“Materializing Authorship in Esther Inglis’s Books.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Duke), fall 2002, 32:3, pp. 469-492; issue edited by Maureen Quilligan.

“Re-visoning the Renaissance: On the Perils and Pleasures of Reviewing the Past.” Introduction to a gathering of essays co-edited with Sara Jayne Steen. Quidditas, vol. 20: 1999.

"Of Chastity and Violence: Elizabeth I and Edmund Spenser in the House of  Busirane." Signs: Journal of Women  in Culture and Society (University of Chicago Press), vol. 20 (autumn, 1994), pp. 49-78.

"The Myth of Elizabeth at Tilbury." Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 23 (spring, 1992), pp. 95-114.                               

refereed Chapters in Books

“Women’s Self-Perceptions Through Early Modern Needelwork.” A Companion to Textile Culture. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming 2015.

“Women and Needlecrafts.” Oxford Bibliographies on the Renaissance and Reformation. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2014.

“Specters of Female Sovereignty in Shakespeare’s Plays.” A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ed. Valerie Traub. Forthcoming 2013.

"Embroidery, Women and Fashion in the Early Modern Period." In The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives. Ed. Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeil. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 111-114.

“Elizabeth When a Princess: Early Self-representations in a Portrait and a Letter.” In The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500-2000. Ed. Regina Schulte. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 43-60.

“Anne of Denmark and Historical Contextualization in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII.” In Privileged Women and Politics in Early Modern England. Ed. James Daybell. London: Ashgate/Scolar Press. 2004, pp. 181-193.          

“Courtly Entertainments.” Catalogue of the Exhibition Commemorating the Four Hundredth Anniversary of Elizabeth’s Death. Ed. David Starkey and Susan Doran. Greenwich: National Maritime Museum, 2003, pp. 73-80.                       

“Queens and the Structure of History in Henry VIII.” The Blackwell Companions to Shakespeare: The Poems, Problem Comedies, Late Plays. Ed. Richard Dutton and Jean Howard. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, pp. 427-444.                                                           

“Elizabeth als Prinzessin: Frühe Selbstdarstellung in Portrait und Brief.” Der Koeper der Koenigen.. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2002, pp. 49-66.

“Incest and Authority in Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” In Thicker than Water: Incest and the Literary Imagination. Ed. Elizabeth Barnes. University of Florida Press, 2002, pp. 39-58.

“Of Chastity and Rape: Edmund Spenser Confronts Elizabeth I in The Fairie Queene.” Revised reprint, “Of Chastity and Violence” essay  published  in Signs. In Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose. New York: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 353-379.

“Women’s Relations to Textiles in Othello and Cymbeline.” In Early Modern Visual Culture. Ed. Clark Hulse and Peter Erikson. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000, pp. 215-250.

“Maternal Textualities.” In Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period. Ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh. Ashgate: Burlington, Vermont, 2000, pp. 224-238. (collection won  “Best Collaborative Project” Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women).

Co-author with Karen Robertson. “Introduction.” In Maids and Mistresses, pp. 3-17.

“Sewing Connections: Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Talbot, Mary Stuart, and Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers.” In Maids and Mistresses, pp. 165-82.

Encyclopedia Entries; Shorter Pieces

“Elizabeth I” in Oxford Encyclopedia of English Literature, ed. David Kastan, 2005.

“Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick), Embroidered panel “Diana and Actaeon” (1597). In Reading Early Modern Women: An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print, 1550-1700. Ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer. London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 474-75.

“Early Modern English Women Writers” in Encyclopedia of Literary Criticism, 1998.

Book reviews   

Shakespeare Quarterly, Biography, Literature and History, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Arthuriana, British History


Book manuscript in progress, "Mary Queen of Scots: Agency and Multi-National Identity"

Co-editor, with Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Susan Aronstein. Diana, The Postmodern Princess.

Co-author. “Introduction.” In Diana: The Postmodern Princess.
“Off With Their Heads: Princess Diana, Anne Boleyn, and the Royal Male Court.” In Diana: The Postmodern Princess.


American Council on Education, Society for College and University Planning, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education), Shakespeare Association, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Modern Language Association, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Society, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, Spenser Society, Medieval Feminist Newsletter, Association of Departments of English.

Offices: 2013-present, Member, Wyoming Public Television Council; 2003 Chair, Modern Language Association Shakespeare Division; 1999-2004 elected member, M LA Shakespeare Division; 2003-06 delegate to General Assembly, MLA; President, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association; Executive Board member RMMRA 1986-present; RMMRA Awards Committee, ongoing; 2001-02 Chair of Awards Committee, RMMRA. 1998-99 chair of Nominating Committee, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; 1996-98 Spenser Society executive committee member and Awards Committee member; 1997 chair of Awards Committee, Sixteenth Century Society

Manuscript Refereeing: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Kentucky Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Palgrave/Bedford/St. Martin’s, Ashgate/Scolar Press, Thalia, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Quarterly, PMLA, Sixteenth Century Journal, ELH, Studies in English Literature


2013 “Mary Queen of Scots: Courtly Appropriations,” Plenary Speaker, Northwest Renaissance Conference

2012 “Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in Shakespeare: Contours of Presence and Absence,” Strode Lecture, University of Alabama

2012 “Seventeenth-Century Women Needleworkers and the King James Bible,” King James Bible Symposium, University of Wyoming

2012 “When Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots Never Met,” Keynote Address, Wooden O Sympsium

2011 “Historicizing the Queen: Walter Scott’s Mary Queen of Scots,” International Walter Scott Conference

2011 "The Wills of Mary Queen of Scots," Shakespeare Association of America

2011 "Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth," invited lecture, Center for British and Irish Studies, University of Colorado

2011 "Mary Queen of Scots at Fontainbleau," Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal.

2010 "Reconsidering Mary Queen of Scots," Annual Denys Hay Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

2010 "Bess of Hardwick's Chatsworth Workshop: Assembling a Personal Iconography," Renaissance Society of America, Venice

2010 "A Creative Conversation with Liz Lochhead, Scottish Playwright, Translator, and Poet," Modern Language Association (MLA)

2008 “Elizabeth Tudor’s Earliest Political Texts,” plenary lecture, Conference on Elizabeth I, University of Texas at Arlington.

2008 “A New Old Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots,” invited talk, Stephen Orgel Celebration, Stanford University

2008 “Of Textiles and Sonnets: Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella in the Context of Prose Romance, RSA

2007 “The Politics and Poetics of Seventeenth-century Needlework Narratives,” Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)

2006 “The Iconography of Mary Queen of Scots and Deuil Blanc Portraits,” RMMRA

2005 “A New Textile Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots,” Kissing the Rod Conference, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

2004 “Elizabeth I and the Poetry of Petrarch,” invited talk, Vassar College Celebration of the   700th Anniversary of Petrarch’s Birth

2004 “Reviving Princess Elizabeth,” endowed public lecture, Washington College, Virginia

2004 “Mary Sidney Wroth: Romancing the Cloth, ” Shakespeare Association of America

2003 “Anne of Denmark and the Construction of Queens in Henry VIII,” RMMRA.

2002 “Esther Inglis and the Question of Authorship,” RMMRA

2002 “Elizabeth I and Gender,” invited talk and roundtable discussion, “Elizabeth I: Monarch and Myth” Conference, University of Surrey, England.

2001 “Wroth and Cloth,” Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Session, Sixteenth Century Society     

2001 “Character and Charactery in Early Modern English Drama,” RSA

2001 “On the Normalizing of Shakespeare’s Characters,” Shakespeare Association          

2001 “The Queens of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII” invited paper, Conference on Aristocratic Women, Political Power, and Patronage, University of Reading, England. 

2001 “How Shakespeare Helped to Create the Concept of Character in the Century After His Death.” Wyoming Conference on English.

2000 “Elizabeth I and the Study of Privileged Women,” invited talk for the European Institute, Florence, Italy

2000 “Maternal Textualities,” RSA, Florence, Italy

1999 “Elizabeth out of Hollywood by Genre,” Modern Language Association (MLA)

1999 “The Narrativity of Textiles in Mary Sidney Wroth’s Urania,” MLA

1999 “Screening the Queen: Elizabeth Goes to the Movies,” endowed public lecture, University of Kansas

1999 “Elizabeth I: A Portrait in Power,” plenary lecture, Humanities West, Herbst Theater, San Francisco

1999 “The Knowing Body Meets the Historical Object: Evaluating the Evidence for a Women’s Textual Tradition,” Shakespeare Association

1998 “Women’s Household Writing,” Shakespeare Association

1998 “The Politics of Women’s Needlework,” invited talk, Center for English Studies, University of Colorado    

1997 “Skirting Violence in Cymbeline,” Sixteenth Century Society

1997 “Which the Jew?” Shakespeare Association seminar paper

1997 “Teaching Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Jews through Elizabeth Cary and Amelia Lanyer,” RMMRA

1996 “Incest and Spectacle in Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” invited talk, Shakespeare at Santa Cruz Conference

1996 “Rejuvenating Elizabeth,” invited public lecture, Vassar College

1996 “Cymbeline: Of Genre and Rape,” RMMRA

1995 “Elizabeth When a Princess,” invited lecture at the Tate Britain Gallery of Art, London

1995 “Text and Textiles in Cymbeline,” seminar paper, International Shakespeare Association, Los Angeles

1995 “Subjectivity and Women’s Textiles,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference

1995 "Women's Texts and Textiles in Seventeenth Century England,” invited talk, American Historical Association

1995 "Elizabeth in Letter and Portrait," RMMRA

1994 “Ocular Textiles in Othello,” Shakespeare Association

1993 "Esther Inglis: The Calligrapher and Print Culture," Shakespeare Association

1992 "The Poetry of Elizabeth I," MLA

1992 "Success and the Succession of Elizabeth," MLA

1992 "Elizabeth I, Poet and Politician," invited talk, Stanford University

1992 "'The Queen with the Lance' Meets The Whore of Babylon for The Unity of England," invited talk, British Studies Conference

1992 "Jane Seagar: Elizabeth's Would-Be Poet," RMMRA

1990 "Isabella Whitney and the Male Topography of London," Congress of  Medieval Studies

1989 "Spenserian Chastity and Feminine Poetics," invited talk, University of Colorado Center for British Studies Colloquium

1989 "Elizabeth I as a Nationalist Icon," RMMRA    

1988 "Rewriting the Renaissance Survey Course," MLA

1988 “Elizabeth at Tilbury,” Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association

1988 "Tudor Women and the Domain of Male Eloquence," Congress of Medieval Studies,    Kalamazoo

1988 "The Voice of Tudor Women," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association

1987 "Playing for Power at Kenilworth," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association         

1987 "Redefining Chastity: Britomart, 'Firme Chastity,' and Elizabeth I," MLA

1986 "Elizabeth and Leicester," RMMRA

1985 "So Cruelly to Pen: Social and Subversive Allegory in The Faerie Queene," Spenser at  Kalamazoo, Congress of Medieval Studies


2010 Respondent to session, "The Letters of Bess of Hardwick," Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal

2007 Session chair and respondent, current research on Elizabeth I, “The Competition for Representation Revisited,” RSA, Miami

2005 Co-organizer and chair,  “New Directions in Feminist Material Criticism” to Kissing the Rod Conference, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

2003 Organizer and chair, “Shakespeare and Asia: Film and Performance,” MLA

2003 Co-organizer of seminar, “Entertainments for Elizabeth I” with Georgiana Ziegler SAA

1997-present reviewer for Extended Grants and Fellowships, NEH

2002 Organizer and Chair, “The Literature of Female Homoeroticism: From Medieval to Post-Modern;” Discussion Session, sponsored by the Shakespeare Division, MLA

2001 Organizer and Chair, “Avenging Women in Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Division, MLA

2001 Organizer and Chair, “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Women,” RMMRA

2000 Organizer and Chair, “Addressing the Letter,” RSA, Florence, Italy

2000 Organizer and Chair, “Writing Women’s Letters,” RMMRA

1999-2000 Shakespeare Association Program Committee Member

1998 NEH panelist, Fellowships for University Teachers

1998 Organizer and Chair, “Reconceptualizing the Feminine in Early Modern England,” RMMRA

1998 Member, Spenser Society Awards Committee

1997, 1998 NEH panelist, Fellowships for University Teachers

1994 with Susan Aronstein, co-organizer of annual meeting of the RMMRA in Jackson, Wyoming 

1994 Organizer of Chair of seminar, "Digging out our Sisters: Method and Theory toward the Recovery of Women's Primary  Texts," Attending to Women in Early Modern Europe Conference

1993 Co-organizer of seminar, "Women's Alliances in the Renaissance," SAA

1993 Organizer and Chair of session "Authorizing Queens," MLA

1991 Session organizer and co-chair with Lowell Gallagher, "The Cultural Semiotics of Chastity in Early Modern Europe," MLA

1989 Organizer and respondent, "The Imprisoned Woman in the Renaissance" Session, RSA

1989 Chair and respondent, "Renaissance Women Authors" Session, Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association

1987 Chair, Spenser and Theory Session, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference


 Distance education. Sixteenth- and early Seventeenth-Century drama, poetry, and prose romance; Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Film, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Tudor and Stuart women, Spenser, early modern women writers, Mary Sidney Wroth, cultural materialism, feminist historicism, cultural semiotics; early modern English painting, portraiture, textiles and design, and architecture; literary and social theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels, integrated in literature courses or as a subject of study; cultural tradition and change; Tom Stoppard; texts and textiles; Shakespeare and pedagogy; preparing secondary school teachers to teach English literature; Seminar on finishing the M.A. thesis.


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