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Susann Cokal

Associate Professor
(804) 828-1331


BA University of California/San Diego
MA, PhD University of California/Berkeley
PhD SUNY/Binghamton

Research/Teaching Focus

Fiction writing, history of the novel and narrative, comparative literature, historical novels, magic realism, European literature of the last 150 years, modernism and postmodernism, pop culture of the last 150 years, young adult literature.


The Kingdom of Little Wounds (novel).  Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2013.  UK and Australia:  Walker Books.  Winner, Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association.

Breath and Bones (novel). Denver: Unbridled Books, 2005.

Mirabilis (novel). New York: BlueHen / Penguin Putnam, 2001.  Germany:  Aufbau Verlag; Australia:  Hodder Stoughton; Spanish worldwide:  ViaMagna Ediciones.

Recent/Selected Publications

“Games with Childhood: The Fiction of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.” Rain Taxi 20.3, summer 2015: 33–35. Review essay.

“Making Friends with Midge: Your BFF and Barbie’s.” Broad Street, summer 2013: 24–32. Cultural criticism.

“On Being Archived: Control + Alt Delete.” http://haydensferryreview.blogspot.com/2012/07/contributor-spotlight-susann-cokal.html. Memoir.

“A Collection of Rarities and Originals.” Quarterly West, Winter/spring 2011: 83–102. Fiction.

“Infectious Excitement: Disease, Desire, and Communicability in Niels Lyhne and Ved Vejen.” Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Gale Publications, 2011. Originally published in Scandinavian Studies 71.2 (summer 1999): 167–190. Scholarship.

“Hot with Rapture and Cold with Fear”: Grotesque, Sublime, and Postmodern Transformations in Patrick Süskind’s Perfume.” In Thomas Fahy, ed. Horror and Philosophy. U of Kentucky P, 2010. 179-198. Scholarship.

“The Bed of Imaginary Loves.” The Journal 32.2 (2008): 91–112. Fiction.

 Book Reviews in The New York Times Book Review, Rain Taxi, The Review of Contemporary Fiction.

Editorial Director

Broad Street Magazine (broadstreetonline.org)


Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

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