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Susan Crutchfield

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Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Film Studies and Film Theory; Literature by Women; African American Literature; Drama; Disability Studies; The Woman's Film and Feminist Film Theory

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2023

English 110: College Writing

English 200: Representations of Disability in Literature, Drama, and Film

English 302: Contemporary Multicultural American Women Authors




A.B. English, Bryn Mawr College
M.A. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ph.D. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Teaching history

ENG 110: College Writing

ENG 200: Disability in Literature, Drama, and Film

ENG 200: Adaptations for New Audiences and New Media

English 200: Versions and Conversions: Recycling Stories for New Audiences and Media

ENG 220: Women and Popular Culture

ENG 301: Foundations for Literary Study

ENG 302: Gothic Literature and Culture

ENG 302: Women Writing the Global World 

ENG 302: Contemporary African American Literature and Film

English 302: Contemporary Literature by Multiethnic and BIPOC Writers of the US

ENG 312: Literature, Medicine, and Culture

ENG 348: Films and Literature

ENG 349: Drama--Rebooting Classical Greek Drama

ENG 380: Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures

ENG 385: Women Authors

ENG 462: Modern British Drama

ENG 481: Contemporary African American Literature and Film

ENG 482: Women's Coming-of-Age Stories

ENG 482: Women and Hollywood Film--Traditions and Responses

ENG 494: Classical Greek Drama

Research and publishing

Professor Crutchfield has published and presented on topics in disability studies; film studies, adaptation studies; women's, gender and sexuality studies, multicultural literature of the United States, and scholarship on teaching and learning. Some titles are "'Play[ing] her part correctly': Helen Keller as Vaudevillian Freak," "Disability, Isolation, and The Station Agent," "Transposing Jane Eyre: Race, Inheritance, and Identity in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby," "Teaching and Untoothing Howl: Epstein and Friedman's Film Adaptation of Allen Ginsberg's Poem," and "Travel, Terror, and Race Revenge in Laymon's Long Division and Peele's Get Out."



Susan Crutchfield, English, was interviewed by Lulu Miller of Radiolab on March 11. Crutchfield was interviewed about her UWL research-grant sponsored scholarship on Helen Keller's vaudeville routine for a Radiolab podcast episode titled "The Helen Keller Exorcism." Radiolab is a production of New York Public Radio and is broadcast on Public Radio stations across the U.S.

Submitted on: Mar. 13, 2022



Susan Crutchfield, English, presented ""Travel, Terror, and Race Revenge in Kiese Laymon's Long Division and Jordan Peele's Get Out"" at the Annual Conference of the Association for Multiethnic Literature of the United States on April 8, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. Her paper analyzed Laymon's and Peele's representations of the life-or-death stakes for African Americans of traveling into spaces and times defined by "whiteness as terror," positioning their texts as vital correctives to Peter Farrelly's Oscar-winning interracial road movie Green Book.

Submitted on: April 8, 2019



Susan Crutchfield, English, presented "Teaching and Untoothing Howl: Epstein and Friedman’s Film Adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s Poem" at the New England Modern Language Association conference on Mar. 20, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.

Submitted on: May 4, 2016