Susan Aronstein

AronsteinProfessor for the Department of English

Hoyt Hall 234,


Susan Aronstein joined the UW English Department in 1987. She is the author of Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia (Palgrave, 2005) and British Arthurian Narrative (University of Florida, 2012) as well the co-editor (with Tison Pugh) of Disney’s Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past (Palgrave, 2012). Her articles on medieval Arthurian romance, medieval film, medievalism, and Disney have appeared in numerous books and journals. Aronstein teaches courses in medieval literature, Arthurian Legend, Disney, and film and popular culture.


Ph.D., Stanford University

M.Sc., Edinburgh University

B.A., Seattle Pacific University

Recent and Upcoming Courses

The Disney Discourse

Citizen Hollywood

Steven Spielberg and America

King Arthur: Medieval to Modern

Religion and Fantasy

Selected Publications/Awards

Aronstein, Susan and Peter Parolin. “The Play’s the Thing:” The Cinematic Fortunes of Chaucer and Shakespeare.” In Chaucer on Screen: Absence, Presence and Adapting the Canterbury Tales Eds. Kathleen Kelly and Tison Pugh. Ohio State University Press. 2016: 33-44.

Aronstein Susan, and Jason Thompson. “Coding the Grail: Ready Player One’s Arthurian Mash-up.”  Arthuriana 25:4 (2015): 51-65

Aronstein, Susan and Laurie Finke.  “Conjuring the Ghosts of Camelot: Tintagel and the Medievalism of Heritage Tourism.” In Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Ed. Gail Ashton.  Bloomsbury/Continuum. 2015: 200-212

University of Wyoming, Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

John P. Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching

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