Date Updated

3-29-2024

Department

Department of English and Comparative Literature, Humanities and the Arts

Academic Rank

Professor

Year Retired from SJSU

December 2015

Educational Background

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English, 1985 Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English, 1976 M.A.

Cornell College, English and Art, 1973 B.A.

Dissertation Title

The Art of Cooper’s Landscapes: Identity, Theme, and Structure in the Leatherstocking Tales

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Humanities and Arts, Professor, 1984-present.

Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Visiting Professor, 2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12, ‘19.

Santa Clara University, Department of English, Lecturer, 1984-86.

Buffalo Seminar, Department of English, teacher, 1981-4

Canisius College, Department of English, Instructor, 1981-4

Wake Forest University, Department of English, Instructor, 1977-81

Administrative and Professional Experience

San Jose State University, College of Humanities and the Arts, Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, 1987-2005.

SJSU President’s Scholar, 2013

National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, Director, 2015-18.

National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institutes for high school teachers, co-Director, “John Steinbeck, The Voice of a Region, a Voice for America,” 2007, ‘09, ‘11, ‘13, ’16, ’18, ’20 (postponed to ’21)

Service

Board, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, 2012-present.

Board, Hopkins Marine Station, 2011-present

Board, Cannery Row Foundation, 1994-1998; 2010-present.

Board, Monterey Museum of Art, 2019-present

Board, National Steinbeck Center, 1998-2003; 2006-12; 2014-18.

Selected Publications

Books

Steinbeck’s Landscapes, Timber Press, Forthcoming, 2022

A Journey Into Steinbeck’s California, Berkeley: Roaring Forties Press, 2006. Second edition, 2011; Third edition, 2019.

On Reading The Grapes of Wrath, NY: Penguin Books, 2014.

Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage. Reno: University of Nevada Press. 2013. http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/1/

Susan Shillinglaw. 'Steinbeck’s Last Words,' Review-Essay of Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War. NY(2013)

Susan Shillinglaw. The Wrath of a Nation; Reading The Grapes of Wrath, 1939-2007 Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck’s Enduring Voice for California. San Diego (2009)

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction. Edited by Susan Shillinglaw and Jackson Benson. NY: Penguin, 2002.

Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck. Edited by Susan Shillinglaw and Kevin Hearle. Alabama UP, 2002.

John Steinbeck: Centennial Reflections by American Writers. Edited by Susan Shillinglaw. San Jose: Center for Steinbeck Studies, 2002.

How to Organize a Steinbeck Book or Film Discussion Group. Edited by Susan Shillinglaw and Harold Augenbraum. Center for Steinbeck Studies and Mercantile Library, NY, 2002. (for NEH grant)

Susan Shillinglaw. 'John Steinbeck' for American National Biography. NYVol. 24 (1999)

Steinbeck and the Environment: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Edited by Susan Beegel, Susan Shillinglaw, and Wes Tiffney. Alabama UP. 1997

John Steinbeck: The Contemporary Reviews. Edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jesse S. Crisler, and Susan Shillinglaw. Cambridge UP. 1996.

Susan Shillinglaw. John Steinbeck The Readers' Companion to American History. Boston (1991)

Susan Shillinglaw. John Steinbeck. Bibliography of United States Literature, 1919-1988. NY (1991)

Susan Shillinglaw. Review of The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Critical Essays with a Checklist to Steinbeck Criticism and The Dramatic Landscape of Steinbeck's Short Stories. (1991)

Susan Shillinglaw. Cooper's Fathers and Daughters: The Dialectic of Paternity. Vol. 6 (1987)
http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/30/

Susan Shillinglaw. Pictorial Space as Identity in The Deerslayer.6 (1987) http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/29/

Selected scholarly articles

The Grapes of Wrath,” in Literary Journeys, Hachett, 2021.

Susan Shillinglaw. "". . . his back into it": Barry Lopez and John Steinbeck" Steinbeck Review Vol. 18 Iss. 1 (2021) p. 50 - 54

“To Look from Heliaster to the Stars, and then Back to the Tidepool,” Journal of the Southwest, 2020.

“John Steinbeck’s Participatory Politics, 1936-1968” Steinbeck Review, 2019

Susan Shillinglaw, Ana Hahs, Megan De Groot and Gabrielle LaFrank. "Truth, gender, and black sheep: Students on steinbeck" The Steinbeck Review Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (2019) p. 218 - 230 ISSN: 1546007X http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/38/

“Homebuilding in Steinbeck’s California,” SJSU Reed magazine, 2018.

Susan Shillinglaw. "Intrepid Martha" Steinbeck Review Vol. 13 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 70 - 72 ISSN: 1546-007X

“The Protest Fiction of Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Frank Norris, John Steinbeck” for Cambridge Companion to the Literature of California, edited by Blake Allmendinger, Cambridge UP, 2015.

Susan Shillinglaw, Melinda Pham, TK Martin and Pete Barraza. "Teaching and Living Steinbeck’s Stories" Steinbeck Review Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 1 - 15 ISSN: 1546-007X

Susan Shillinglaw. "Carol Steinbeck at Work" Steinbeck Review Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2013)
http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/10/

“Introduction: The Twenty-First-Century Portable Steinbeck” (Penguin Classics), xi-xxxiv. NY: Penguin: 2012.

Introduction and Notes to The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck, (Penguin Classics), vii-xxx and 281-291. NY: Penguin, 2009.

“The Wrath of a Nation; Reading The Grapes of Wrath, 1939-2007.” Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck’s Enduring Voice for California, edited by William A. Nericcio, 155-181. San Diego: San Diego State UP, 2009.

“Ricketts, Steinbeck and Intertidal Ecology” (with William Gilly). In Encyclopedia of Tide Pools and Rocky Shores, edited by Mark Denny. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

“John Steinbeck’s ‘Spiritual Streak’” “Spiritual Frontiers: Belief and Values in the Literary West.” Literature and Belief 21.1. 2002.

"'What a mess of draggletail impulses a man is': Voices in The Winter of Our Discontent." Steinbeck Annual, 2000.

Introduction to A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck (Penguin Classics), NY: Penguin Classics, 1999.

"Steinbeck and Ethnicity." In After The Grapes of Wrath: Essays on John Steinbeck in Honor of Tetsumaro Hayashi, edited by Donald V. Coers, Robert DeMott, and Paul Ruffin, 40-57. Ohio UP, 1994.

Introduction to Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Penguin Classics). vii-xxviii. NY: Penguin, 1994.

Introduction to Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (Penguin Classics), vii-xxx. NY: Penguin, 1994.

"California Answers The Grapes of Wrath." In Steinbeck: The Years of Greatness, edited by Tetsumaro Hayashi, 145-163. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1993.

"'The Chrysanthemums': Steinbeck's Pygmalion." In Steinbeck's Short Stories in The Long Valley: Essays in Criticism, edited by Tetsumaro Hayashi. Steinbeck Monograph Series 15 (1991): 1-9.

"Pictorial Space as Identity in The Deerslayer," James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art. 6, 1987. 14-21.

"Cooper's Fathers and Daughters: The Dialectic of Paternity," James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art. 6, 1987. 54-66.

Contribution to Book

Susan Shillinglaw. "The Protest Fiction of Frank Norris, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, and John Steinbeck" New York, NYA History of California Literature (2015) p. 157 - 170

Susan Shillinglaw and William Gilly. "Ricketts, Steinbeck and Intertidal Ecology" BerkeleyEncyclopedia of Tide Pools and Rocky Shores (2007)

Susan Shillinglaw. "'What a Mess of Draggletail Impulses a Man Is': Voices in The Winter of Our Discontent" Lewiston, NYSteinbeck Yearbook Vol. 1 (2000)
http://works.bepress.com/susan_shillinglaw/17/

Susan Shillinglaw. "John Steinbeck" NYEssential Bibliography of American Fiction: Modern Classic Writers (1994)

Susan Shillinglaw. "Steinbeck and Ethnicity" OhioAfter The Grapes of Wrath: Essays on John Steinbeck in Honor of Tetsumaro Hayashi (1994)

Susan Shillinglaw. "California Answers The Grapes of Wrath" TuscaloosaSteinbeck: The Years of Greatness (1993)

Susan Shillinglaw. "'The Chrysanthemums': Steinbeck's Pygmalion" Steinbeck's Short Stories in The Long Valley: Essays in Criticism Vol. 15 (1991)

Personal Commentary

I have been richly rewarded by my career devoted to John Steinbeck, and I am indebted to Lou Lewandowski for giving me the opportunity to direct the Steinbeck Research Center in 1987, when she was Chair of the English Department. Like Steinbeck, I also love to travel, to garden, to walk my dog, to be out in nature.

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