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Susan Aronstein

Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., Stanford
M.Sc., Edinburgh University
B.A., Seattle Pacific University

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Aronstein Susan and Tison Pugh, eds.. The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2012.

Aronstein, Susan.  Medieval British Arthurian Narrative.  For the book series, New Perspectives in Medieval Literature. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2012.

Aronstein, Susan.  Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia.  New York: Palgrave, October, 2005.


Aronstein, Susan, “Beyond the Fields We Know: Welsh Literature and the Fantasy Tradition.” In The Cambridge Companion to Welsh Literature.  Ed. Helen Fulton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Press.

Aronstein, Susan and Peter Parolin. “The Play’s the Thing:” The Cinematic Fortunes of Chaucer and Shakespeare.” In Cinema Chauceriana. Eds. Kathleen Kelly and Tison Pugh. Ohio State University Press. In Press.

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

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

Aronstein, Susan. “The Da Vinci Code and the Myth of History.”  In The Grail on Film. Ed. Kevin J. Harty. McFarland, 2015: 112-127.

Aronstein, Susan and Laurie Finke.  “Discipline and Pleasure: The Pedagogical Work of Disneyland.”  Educational Philosophy and Theory: Fall 2012: 1-15

Aronstein, Susan and Laurie Finke. “Queens of Avalon: William Forbush’s Arthurian Antidote.” Arthuriana: 22.3

Aronstein, Susan.“Pilgrimage and Medieval Narrative Structures in Disney’s Parks,” In The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past. Eds. Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein. New York: Palgrave MacMillan., 2012.

Aronstein, Susan. “When Civilization Was Less Civilized: Erik the Viking.” In The Vikings on Film. Ed. Kevin J. Harty.  North Carolina: MacFarland Press, 2011.

Aronstein, Susan and Robert Torry.  “Magic Happens: Re-Enchanting Disney Adults."  Weber: Contemporary West. Film Focus (Spring/Summer 2010): 40-54.

Aronstein, Susan and Robert Torry. "Chivalric Conspiracies: Hollywood’s Templar Legacy." In Hollywood in the Holy Land. Ed. Nicholas Haydock, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2009: 225-245.

Aronstein, Susan. “’In My Own Idiom:' The Queer Performance of Gender in Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” In Queer Movie Medievalisms. Eds. Kathleen Kelly and Tison Pugh. Surrey: Ashgate Press, 2009: 115-128

Aronstein, Susan.  “The Hollywood Tradition."  In The Blackwell Companion to Arthurian Legend.  Ed. Helen Fulton.  Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2009: 495-510

Aronstein, Susan and Robert Torry.  “’Who’s Your Daddy?’: Politics and Paternity in the Star Wars Saga."  The Legend Returns and Dies Harder Another Day: Essays on Film Series.. Ed. Jennifer Forrest. North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2008: 158-177.

Aronstein, Susan and Laurie Finke.  “Got Grail?: Monty Python and the Broadway Stage.”  Theater Survey 48 (2007): 289-311. 

Aronstein, Susan. “Becoming Cymraeg: Counter-Colonialism and the Negotiation of Native Identity in Peredur vab Efrawc.” Exemplaria 17.1 (2005): 135-168.

Aronstein, Susan.  “Wales: Education and Culture.”  In The Blackwell Companion to Later Medieval Britain.  Ed. Stephen Rigby.  Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2003: 541-557.

Aronstein, Susan.  “The Return of the King: Medievalism and the Politics of Nostalgia in the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement.”  Prose Studies 23 (2000): 144-159.

Aronstein, Susan.  “’Not Exactly a Knight:’ Arthurian Narrative and Recuperative Politics in the Indiana Jones Trilogy.”  Cinema Journal 34 (1995): 3-30.

Aronstein, Susan.  “When Arthur Held Court in Caer Llion: Love, Marriage and the Politics of Centralization in Gereint and Owein.”  Viator 25 (1994): 215-228.

Aronstein, Susan and Nancy Coiner.  “Twice Knightly: Democratizing the Middle Ages for Middle Class America.”  Studies in Medievalism VI (1994): 212-231.

Aronstein, Susan.  “Cresseid Reading Cresseid: Redemption and Translation in Henryson’s Testament.” Scottish Literary Journal 21 (1994): 5-21.

Aronstein, Susan.  “Rewriting Perceval’s Sister: Eucharistic Vision and Typological Destiny in the Queste del San Graal.”  Women’s Studies 21 (1991): 211-230.

Aronstein, Susan.  “’Chevaliers Estre Deüssiez:’ Power, Discourse and the Chivalric in Chrétien’s Conte du Graal.”  Assays VI (1991): 3-28.

Aronstein, Susan.  “Prize or Pawn?: Homosocial Order, Marriage and the Redefinition of Women in the Gawain Continuation.”  Romanic Review 82 (1991): 115-126.


University of Wyoming, Distinguished Graduate Mentor, 2011

Wyoming Honors Association, Upper-Division Teaching Award, 2007

Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Research, 2012, 2006

Wyoming Honors Association, Freshman Teaching Award, 2005

Hollon Award for Teaching Excellence in Off-Campus Programs (university-wide), 2003

Arts and Sciences Top Ten Teacher, 2002, 1996

Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award (university-wide), 1997

Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Advising, 1996

Excellence in Advising, 1995

Top Professor, Mortar Board, 2007, 1995, 1987

Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Teaching, 1993

She began her career as a medievalist, with an emphasis on French and Welsh Arthurian romance, and she continues to do work in this field. However, she has also developed an interest in medievalism and popular culture, which informs her two current book projects, a collection of essays (co-edited with her colleagues Susan Frye and Caroline McCracken-Flesher) on Princess Diana, Diana: The Postmodern Princess and the Narratives of History, and Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia.

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