Susan Willis

Susan Willis

Associate Professor Emeritus of English

External Address: 
Literature, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 668-6204

Associate Professor of English and The Literature Program. She teaches courses in minority writing and popular culture. She is the author of "Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience" and "A Primer for Daily Life." She is coauthor of "Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World." Her work aims at revealing the contradictions of capitalism in everyday life and discovering utopian content in culture.


  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 1977
  • B.A., University of California at San Diego 1970

Willis, S, Jameson, S, Klugman, K, and Kuenz, J. Strip Cultures: Finding America in Las Vegas. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

Willis, S. Cartas a Legba: Um Texto Encontrado. Sao Paolo: Boitempo, 2008.

Willis, S. Portents of the Real: A Primer for Post-9/11 America. London: Verso, 2005. (Monograph)

Willis, S, Klugman, K, Kuenz, J, and Waldrep, S. Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995. (Monograph)

Willis, S. A Primer for Daily Life. London: Routledge, 1991. (Monograph)

Willis, S. Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986. (Monograph)

Willis, S. "John Muir's Sojourn in Bonaventure Cemetery." The Good Gardener? Nature, Human, and the Garden. Ed. A Giesecke and N Jacobs. Artifice, 2014. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Bitta-Blue Farm and the Summer of BP." Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia and the Garden. Ed. A Giesecke and N Jacobs. Black Dog, 2012. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Photos: Shadowing an Enigma." Jean Baudrillard. Ed. F L'Yvonnet. Paris: Cahier de l’Herne, 2005. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Disney’s Besitary." Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions. Ed. M Budd. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2005. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Imagining Dinosaurs." Girls, Boys, Toys, Gender: An Anthology of Children’s Culture. Ed. B Clark and M Higonnet. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Teens at Work: Negotiating the Jobless Future." Generations of Youth. Ed. J Austin and M Willard. New York: NYU Press, 1998. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Play for Profit." Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life. Ed. C Luke. New York: SUNY Press, 1995. (Essay)

Willis, S. "Memory in Mass Culture." History and Memory in African American Culture. Ed. G Fabre and R O'Meally. New York: Oxford, 1994. (Essay)

Willis, S. "A Primer for Daily Life." Das Argument, 189 and Ways of Reading. St. Martins Press, 1991. (Chapter)

Willis, S. "Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience." Feminisms. Ed. RR Warhol and DP Herndl. Rutgers, 1991. (Chapter)


Willis, S. "The Whole World on a Plate." Situations 111.1 (January 2009): 151-164.

Willis, S. "Playing the Penny Slots." Situations 2.2 (2008).

Willis, S. "Forensics of Spinach." South Atlantic Quarterly 107.2 (2007).

Willis, S. "What Goes Around Comes Around." Social Text 77 (2003).

Willis, S. "Bunker Society." New Left Review 22 (2003).

Willis, S. "Anansi history: George Elliott Clarke's Whylah Falls." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 9.1 (March 1, 2002).

Willis, S. "Anthrax R Us." Social Text 73 (2002).

Willis, S. "Old Glory." South Atlantic Quarterly 101.2 (2002): 375-383.

Willis, S. "Looking at the Zoo." South Atlantic Quarterly (2000).

Willis, S. "Deportacion: el Jucio Contra Margaret Randall." Casa de las Americas 212 (1998).