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Author and Professor Susan Gubar

Patrick O’Meara speaks with Susan Gubar, author and distinguished professor emerita of English at Indiana University.

Susan Gubar, with head resting on right hand, wearing a blue print shirt

Photo: Donald Gray

Susan Gubar

I would like to have my remaining time be filled with life. And with an appreciation of the time I have, rather than with obsessions about treatment and concerns about cancer. . . .  It’s a struggle to achieve because of the anxiety of illness, but it’s something to aim at.

Susan Gubar co-wrote the standard feminist text, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination and The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.

In 2009 she retired from IU at age 65, due to complications from advanced ovarian cancer. The story of her medical treatment led her to write Memoir of a Debulked Woman.

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