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Mary Kate Azcuy, D.Litt.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

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Mary Kate Azcuy, D.Litt.

Dr. Mary Kate Azcuy is an Associate Professor of English, Graduate Program Director, and Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies Affiliated Faculty. In 2020, Dr. Azcuy won a Fulbright Core Scholar Award, lecturing on American Literature and American Culture, at the Russian State University for the Humanities, in Moscow, Russia. As an international Louise Glück scholar, Azcuy has published and presented over a dozen articles and is currently writing a monograph on Glück’s Demeter and Persephone oeuvre, myth, gender, and feminisms. Azcuy recently presented two papers on her Glück research at the University of Cambridge. Other lectures on American literature, gender, and feminisms were recently given at the University of London, Royal Holloway, and King’s College, London.

Azcuy is also a creative writer. She is the recipient of two AIRIE Fellowships in the Florida Everglades. In June of 2018, she was the featured reader for the Atelier POEM at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université Paris 3. In addition to recent poetry publications in The Mayo Review and This Broken Shore, Azcuy’s creative non-fiction essay, “The Red Snowsuit,” was published in The Kenyon Review, November/December 2017.


D.Litt., Drew University

M.A., New York University

B.A., Monmouth University

Research Interests

Specialty areas include 20th-and-21st century American Literature, theory, feminisms, gender, mythology, and creative writing.


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).

“Radical Feminist Poet Jan Beatty.” Interview. Human Equity Through Art. 15 August 2013.

“Vampirism, Catholicism, and Colonialism, in Gabriel García Márquez’ Of Love and Other Demons.” Hispanet Literary Journal. vol. 6 (2013). Ed. Zoila Clark. Florida Memorial U.

“Persona, trauma, and survival: 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 Scholars Press, 2009.

“Louise Glück, Feminism and Nature in Firstborn’s ‘The Egg.’” Ed. Barbara J. Cook. Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.


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Presentations/Invited Talks

“Faulkner, Spectral Haunting: Emily Grierson as a Southern Gothic Representation of Women and Use Value in Places of Ruin and Decay.” Faulkner, the Twenties, and Modernism. Faulkner Studies in the UK. Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London. 28 May 2020. (Digital platform).

“Louise Glück’s Happiness.” Happiness: Enlightenment to Present Conference. King’s College, University of Cambridge, UK. October 2019.

“Louise Glück’s ‘The End of Time’: Achilles’ Queer Time and Place.” Queering the End Times. The Queer Cultures Research Seminar series. Department of English. University of Cambridge, UK. June 2018.

“Bundren Death Brides: Addie and Dewey Dell in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.” Faulkner Studies in the UK. Institute of English Studies. School of Advanced Studies. University of London. [US Embassy in London; The British Association of American Studies.] May 2018.

“Gone Girl and ‘The Virginian Slave’; Punch, Beating Judy, Women, Objects, and Performing the Political.” Punch Conference. King’s College, London; Institute of English Studies. School of Advanced Studies: University of London, UK. November 2017.

“Louise Glück’s Political Voice: Constraints of the Garden, Ecopoetics and Nature.” The Poetry & Poetics of the 1990’s. National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine, June 2017.

“Silence and Voice in Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night.” Women’s Voices in Poetry. RMMLA 2015 Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico. October 2015.

“Performance, Dada and Gaga, in the Posthuman World.” Theatre, Performance, Philosophy Conference 2014: Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-American Thought. Université Sorbonne, Paris, France. June 2014.

“Jack Halberstam’s Gagapocalypse and Jan Beatty’s Switching.”  Gender Studies: Transatlantic Visions. XI International Conference on Women’s Studies/XI Jornadas Internacionales de Estudios de la Mujer. Department of English Studies. Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. April 2014. Accepted; unable to attend due to political unrest.

“Flannery O’Connor’s Harry Ashfield from ‘The River’: a postmodern representation.” Flannery O’Connor the Southern Gothic. Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Laboratoire LIRCES Avec le soutien du laboratoire Suds d’Amériques (UVSQ), Nice, France. February 2014. Invited by Professor Marie Lienard-Yeterian.

“Flannery O’Connor’s mythic, post-Edenic, southern-Gothic short story ‘The River.’” 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/Femmes Auteurs Anglo-Américanes and EA 370 CREA, 2013 Conference: Women’s inscription into the public sphere. Université Paris X, Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, 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. Université Perpignan, France. June 2013. Chair, Isabelle Cases.


Women Screaming, Silence, Feminism and Myth in Louise Glück’s Oeuvre of Demeter and Persephone (monograph; forthcoming).

Professional Associations

American Studies Association (ASA)

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

Associations of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

British Association of American Studies (BAAS)

Faulkner Studies in the UK

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni

Modern Language Association (MLA)

PEN Writers

Poets House, NYC

Additional Information

Chair, Committee of the Department.
Graduate Program Director, MA literature, rhetoric & writing, creative writing.
Graduate Studies Committee.
Vice-Chair, Graduate Studies Committee.


Frequently Taught Classes

  • College Composition I (EN 101)
  • College English I (EN 101)
  • College English I Supplemental (EN 101S)
  • College English II (EN 102)
  • Contemporary American/British Literature (EN 542)
  • Contemporary Women Novelists (EN 431)
  • Criticism and Theory (EN 441)
  • Here Be Dragons: Heroic Journeys (EN 218)
  • Literature I: Ancient Through Renaissance (EN 201)
  • Literature II: Neoclassical to the Present (EN 202)
  • Manuscript Seminar (EN 644)
  • Modern American Literature (EN 571)
  • Postmodern Literature (EN 424)
  • Seminar in English (EN 491)
  • Seminar in Literary Research (EN 502)
  • Women in Literature (EN 581)
  • World Masterpieces 2 (EN 202)