Faculty and Staff

Barbara A Suess

Professor • Department of English

Barbara Suess is a Professor and Chair of the English Department. A member of the William Paterson University faculty since 2000, she earned her degrees at the University of Connecticut (M.A. in English 1992; Ph.D. in English 2000) and at Muhlenberg College (B.A. in English; B.A. in Psychology 1989).

Professional Interests

ecocriticism & environmental literature; nineteenth-century science; postcolonial theory; Frances Power Cobbe (C19 social activist and journalist)


PhD , University of Connecticut ,


Modern Irish and British literature, Victorian literature, ecocriticism

Representative Publications

Anne Brontë 1820-1849; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism; Gale Cengage; Volume 392, 2021

"Colonial Bodies and the Abolition of Slavery: A Tale of Two Cobbes"; , Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies; Volume 37, 2016

“Robots and Rebels: Technological and Organic Discourse in Pearse’s Political Essays” ; Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive. Ed. Maria McGarrity and Claire A. Culleton. ; Palgrave MacMillan; 2009

Progress and Identity in the Plays of W. B. Yeats, 1892 – 1907; Routledge; 2003

New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Brontë, co-edited with Julie Nash; 2001

Preakness Hall

By appointment