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.

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Doctor of Philosophy
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Master of Arts
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Bachelor of Arts
Dartmouth College