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Professor Susan Castillo Street

Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita of American Studies


I have published extensively on Native American writing, writing of the Colonial Americas, and the Southern Gothic.  From 2007-2011 I edited Journal of American Studies (CUP).  I am a Fellow of the British Association for American Studies and the Academy of Social Studies.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • The Southern Gothic
  • Colonial Writing of the Early Americas

Expertise and public engagement

“Darker Hauntings:  Imagery of the Southern Gothic”.  Lecture, British Library, 16 January 2015.

“Writing and Race in the Early French Atlantic”.  University of Macau, 26 September 2014.

“Historical Memory and the Poetry of Natasha Trethewey”.  Keynote lecture, International Conference of GEDIR (Gender, Discourse and Image) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 10-11 June 2014.

“Trust, Mistrust, and the Shadow of Jamestown”.  Keynote lecture, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, 10 May 2014.

Public engagement

I took part in two episodes of In Our Time, on Pocahontas in 2013 and on the Salem Witch Trials in 2015.  The latter was transcribed in Melvyn Bragg and Simon Tillotson in In Our Time:  Celebrating Twenty Years of Essential Conversation (Simon & Schuster: 2018)

“In Search of the Real Pocahontas”, BBC History Magazine (April 2014) pp39-42.

Collaborations with Research Bodies

In 2014 I served on the Area Studies panel of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE—they still use the old term) of the Universities General Council of Hong Kong.  I have been invited to do so again in 24-27 August 2020.

Selected publications

  • The Literatures of the Colonial Americas (2001)
  • Colonial Encounters in New World Writing, 1500-1786: Performing America (2005)
  • The Palgrave Handbook to the Southern Gothic (2016)
  • American Literature in Context to 1865 (2010)