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Suzanne Leonard

Suzanne Leonard

Suzanne Leonard
Associate Professor of English, Cinema and Media Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

Suzanne Leonard is Associate Professor of English, and co-coordinator of the college's interdisciplinary minor in Cinema and Media Studies.

She regularly instructs classes on film studies and film theory, women's literature, literary interpretation, and feminist cultural studies, and frequently teaches courses affiliated with the Honors Program, the Women's and Gender Studies department and the college's Gender and Cultural Studies Master's program.

Professor Leonard's specialties include feminist media studies, film and television studies, women's literature, and ethnic American fiction. Her book-length investigation of the 1987 film Fatal Attraction, published in 2009, was the inaugural text in Wiley-Blackwell's series Studies in Film and Television. She is most interested in the intersections between feminism and popular culture, and her work has examined topics including: the treatment of the adultery plot in feminist novels; marriage envy; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's epic romance; and working women in American cinema.

Professor Leonard is currently at work on a book on marriage and wives in popular American culture.

Book Publication

  • Fatal Attraction. Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Article Publications

  • "Escaping the Recession? The New Vitality of the Woman Worker." Gendering the Recession. Eds. Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming 2014.
  • "The Americanization of Emma Bovary: From Feminist Icon to Desperate Housewife." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38.3 (Spring 2013).
  • "Fatal Attraction Redux? The Gender, Racial, and Class Politics of Obsessed." Co-authored with Bailey Ray. Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema. Eds. Karen Ritzenhoff and Karen Randell. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 181-196.
  • "'I Must Really Be an Emma Bovary': Female Literacy and Feminist Fiction." Genders 51 (Spring/Summer) 2010.
  • "The 'True Love' of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton." Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. Ed. Vicki Callahan. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010. 74-97.
  • "When Whiteness Turns to Blackness: White Women's Marital Betrayals in Colonial Settings." At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Whiteness in Literature and Performance. Ed. LaVinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. 119-143.
  • "The Science of Stepford: Technologies of Sexuality in a Postfeminist Age." Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World. Ed. Karen Ritzenhoff and Katherine Hermes. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. 14-25.
  • "Ready-Maid Postfeminism: Assessing the Figure of the Domestic in Contemporary American Cinema." Feminism, Domesticity, and Popular Culture. Ed. Stacy Gillis and Joanne Hollows. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • "'I Hate My Job, I Hate Everybody Here': Adultery, Boredom and the Working Girl in Twenty-First Century American Cinema." Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Eds. Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker. Duke University Press, 2007.
  • "Marriage Envy." Women's and Gender Studies Quarterly. Spec. Issue on Envy. Ed. Jane Gallop.?34.3&4 (Fall/Winter 2006): 43-64.

Manuscripts in Progress

  • "Technology, Sexuality, and Privacy in The Good Wife." Under review at Feminist Media Studies.

Online Publications


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Master of Arts
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Bachelor of Arts
Dartmouth College