Susan S. Lanser

Susan S. Lanser is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, English, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.  She has published widely on eighteenth-century European literature and culture, narrative and narratology, lesbian subjects, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Her book The Sexuality of History:  Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 (2014) won the Joan Kelly Prize from the AHA, was a finalist for a Lammy, and received honorable mention for the Louis Gottschalk Prize in eighteenth-century studies; Narrative Theory Unbound:  Queer and Feminist Approaches (2015)coedited with Robyn Warhol, has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Lanser is immediate past president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and next president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


1928: Sapphic Modernity and the Sexuality of History

1928 has been widely recognized as a “banner year” for lesbian literature; Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness is only the best known of a chronological convergence that includes Djuna Barnes’s Ladies Almanack, Elizabeth Bowen’s The Hotel, Compton Mackenzie’s Extraordinary Women, and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, to name the most prominent.