Mary Kate Azcuy, DLitt

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

DLitt, Drew University

MA, New York University

BA, Monmouth University

Office: Wilson Annex, Room 504

Phone: 732-571-3618


Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:15-4:15 p.m. by appointment only.

Spring 2014 Courses:

EN 424- Postmodern Literature

EN 571- Modern American Literature

Regularly Taught Courses:

EN 201 - Literature I

EN 202 - Literature II

EN 215 - Vampire Literature

EN 228 - American Literature

EN 334 - Contemporary American Literature

EN 398 - Special Topics: Postmodern Literature

EN 491 - Seminar in English

EN 502 - Seminar in Literary Research

EN 542 - Contemporary American/British Literature

EN 571 - Modern American Literature

Research Interests:

Dr. Azcuy’s research interests include poetry by contemporary American poets Louise Glück and Mary Oliver, feminism, critical theory, classical mythology, and creative writing.

Selected Works:


Scholarly Publications since 2009:
“Persona, trauma, and survival in Louise Glück’s postmodern, mythic, twenty-first century ‘October’” Ed. Charles I. Armstrong. Contemporary Poetry and Crisis. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

“Louise Glück’s Twenty-First Century ‘Persephone the Wanderer’: Redefining Earth’s Dominion.” Ed. Bernadette Hyner and Precious McKenzie. Forces of Nature: Naturalizing Gender and Gendering Nature in the Discourse of Western Culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Press, 2009.

Scholarly Articles:

“Louise Glück’s Irenic Poems, ‘Crater Lake’ and ‘Averno’” Can Literature and the Arts be Irenic?Ed. Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec. AWP Review: The Arts of War and Peace. vol. 1, number 2. Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, Paris, France. (November 2013)

 “Vampirism, Catholicism, and Colonialism, in Gabriel García Márquez’ Of Love and Other Demons.” Hispanic Monsters, Ghosts, Devils, and Orishas in Latin American and Peninsular Literature, Film, and Music Hispanet Literary Journal. vol. 6 (2013). Ed. Zoila Clark. Florida Memorial U.

“Flannery O’Connor’s mythic, post-Edenic, southern-Gothic short story ‘The River.” Part I.  Southern Short Fiction: Representation and Rewriting of Myth. Université Catholique de Lille, Lille, France. 20-22 June 2013.

“Jan Beatty’s ‘Shooter,’ a controversy for feminist and gender politics.” FAAAM and EA 370 CREA, 2013 Conference: Women’s inscription into the public sphere. Université Paris X, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France. 13-14 June 2013. Chair, Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour.

“Louise Glück’s post-apocalyptic ‘Blue Rotunda’ from Averno: Postmodern questions regarding the Perversion of Place.”  Fringe Lands, Regeneration, and Singular Landscapes. l’université Perpignan, France. 7 June 2013. Chair, Isabelle Cases.

“Resolutions to Difference from Judith Butler’s Precarity and Louise Glück’s ‘Prism’” “Feminist (In)visible Alliances.” ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Conference. Istanbul, Turkey. September 2012.

“Vampires and the Cloaks of Catholicism and Colonialism that Demonizes Women in Márquez’ Of Love and Other Demons.” 1st International Hispanic Conference of the Day of the Dead: “Monsters, Ghosts & Devils in Latin American & Peninsular Literature, Film, and Music.” Miami, Florida. October 2011.

“After the Trauma, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News: deconstruction of gender limits.” 2011 FAAAM/Femmes Auteurs Anglo-Américanes Conference: “Territory (-ies) and Environment in Women’s Literature.” Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, France. September 2011.

“Pausanias’ Tales of Demeter’s Children and Louise Glück’s ‘Landscapes,’ exploring the Place of Loss, Ecocritical Crisis, and Nihilism.” “The Interpretation and Influence of Greek Myth.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association 2010 Conference. Albuquerque, NM. October 2010.

“Hybrid or Artist, the American Professor Poet.” “The Missing Link in Academia” ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Conference. Torino, Italy, August 2010.

“Louise Glück’s Marriage Poems: in Death, Silence, and Exile, Postmodern Perceptions of Masculinity and the ‘Feminine’” Lecture. Performing Straight White Masculinities Conference. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France. December 2009.

“Louise Glück’s Aeneidian Underworld, Averno.” The Interpretation and Influence of Greek
Myth. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association 2009 Conference. Snowbird, Utah. October 2009.

“Post-confessional portraits: Louise Glück’s ‘Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry’”

“Poets and Poetry Panel” at the 49th Annual SAES Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur Congress. Bordeaux, France, May 2009.  


Additional Information:

Interview (refereed)

“Jan Beatty.” Human Equity Through Art Online. 15 August 2013. 

Creative Writing (since 2009) Dr. Azcuy published poems with The Exquisite Corpse, This Broken Shore, Proteus, and Crossroads: A Southern Culture Anthology. In 2009 and 2010, she was awarded poetry residences, AIRIE fellowships, in the Florida Everglades National Park. Miami and Everglades installation projects, since 2011: Fresh AIRIE poetry project: Miami Dade College in Homestead, November-December 2013; Everglades National Park, Homestead FL- Spring 2011; Spring 2014; Florida Atlantic University- Fall 2014; Museum of Florida Art and Culture at South Florida Community College, Avon Park, FL- Winter 2014/2015. Azcuy poetry readings include the O’Miami Poetry Festival 2013 (The Betsy Hotel, That’s So Miami Reading, PinUp PopUp Poets, South Florida Art’s Center Lincoln Road, South Beach. ) and the O’Miami Poetry Festival 2011 (AIRIE Poets, Fairchild Gardens, Miami), as well as the Mamapalooza poetry festival readings, 2009, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC.