Susan Osborn is a critic, novelist and poet who lectures in the Department of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her most recent book, Elizabeth Bowen: New Critical Perspectives (editor and contributor) was published by Cork University Press in the spring of 2009.
Her last novel, Surviving the Wreck, was published by Henry Holt and Company and Econ Verlag (as Ich träume um zu vergessen). She has published scholarly articles on topics including early British modern literature and literary theory, feminist theory, the Irish Gothic tradition, and pedagogical theory and practice; her essays and book reviews have appeared in over thirty publications including Modern Fiction Studies, Literature & History, Rhetoric Review, The Irish Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She also guest edited the summer 2007 issue of Modern Fiction Studies, the first issue of a scholarly journal exclusively devoted to the work of Elizabeth Bowen.
In addition to grants from the Princeton Research Forum, the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, Byrdcliffe, and Dorset Colony House, she is the recipient of awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Rutgers University. She has recently published stories in Exquisite Corpse and Orchid, and she has also published poetry and is the author of two plays, both of which were first performed in the USA at Broom Street Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently working on a book about Bowen’s relationship to Bloomsbury and her engagement with the aesthetic and philosophical developments of the time, and completing a collection of stories.