Dr. Sue Norton


BSc, Seton Hall University; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D, University College Dublin.

Sue has been a lecturer of English in Technological University Dublin since 1999.  Previously she taught in University College Dublin, University College Cork, New Jersey City University, and worked as a textbook editor for Prentice Hall Publishing. 

English Studies, in particular composition, creative writing, academic writing, and American literature.

Peer Reviewed

"When Literature Scholars Write for General readers," The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, University of Toronto Press, Jan. 2019.  (Co-author, Laurence W. Mazzeno.)

European Perspectives on John Updike, co-edited with Laurence W. Mazzeno, Camden House, 2018.

“Back to the Garden:  American Longing in John Updike’s Couples,” European Perspectives on John Updike, eds. Laurence W. Mazzeno and Sue Norton, Camden House, 2018.

"Old World Readings of a New World Novel:  European Perspectives on John Updike's Terrorist," John Updike Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer 2017.  (Co-author, Laurence W. Mazzeno.)

"Quizmastery:  Students as Bloggers and Testers in Pursuit of Grammatical Competence," The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol 8, No. 2, 2016.  (Co-Author, Odette Gabaudan.)

"Thirty-Six-Point Perpetua:  John Updike's Essays in the Later Years," Irish Journal of American Studies, Issue Five, Spring 2016.  (Co-author, Laurence W. Mazzeno.)

"All the World's a Page:  Towards a Definition of 'writer' in an Age of Opportunity," American, British and Canadian Studies Journal, Vol 25, Issue 2, Feb. 2016. 

"Conventional Wisdom in the Writing Classroom:  A Short Defence of Grammar Instruction," The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2015.  

"Family Frontiers:  The Space Age Fiction of Marge Piercy and Ursula K. LeGuin," Vector:  The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association, Issue No. 277. 2014

“The Regulating Daughter in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels," The John Updike Review, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2014.  

“Romancing the Stone-Age:  John Updike’s ‘Wife-Wooing’ and the Naturally Occurring Nuclear Family,” The Explicator, Vol. 71, Issue 3, 2013.

“Betwixt and Between:  Creative Writing and Scholarly Expectations,” New Writing:  The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol. 10, Issue 1, March 2013.

“The United Colors of Etiquette:  Interculturality in the Higher Education Classroom,” Sense & Sensitivity, Ed. Elisabeth Lillie, Peter Lang Publishing, University of Saint Andrews, 2013.  (Co-author, Marty Meinardi)

"Assessing the Writing of International Learners:  A Discussion in Two voices," English Teaching Professional,  Issue 48, Winter 2007.  (Co-author, Marty Meinardi).

"Crossing Borders in Anne Tyler's Fiction," The Irish Journal of American Studies, Vols 11-12, 2003.


Non-Peer Reviewed

"Great with Child:  A Review of Writers and Their Mothers," by Dale Salwack, The John Updike Review, Vol 6, No. 2, 2018.

"A Falsified Universe of Love and Desire:  A Review of Imagination and Idealism in John Updike's Fiction," by Michial Farmer, The John Updike Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter 2018.

"John Updike, A Field Guide to American Society," RTE Brainstorm, April 2017.

"The Cradle Won't Rock:  Anne Tyler's Critique of Family Values in Breathing Lessons," The Loch Raven Review, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2017. 

"Good Writing" RTE Brainstorm, Nov. 2017

"Mortality as Muse:  A Review of The Violet Hour:  Great Writers at the End," by Katie Roiphe, The John Updike Review, Vol. 5, No. 2,  Spring 2017.

"Author, Author," Books Ireland, June / July, 2015.

"Write on the Tip of my Tongue,’ RTE’s Sunday Miscellany, July 27, 2014.

‘Prosody Lost," TheJournal.ie, June 16, 2014.

"Selling Grammar:  I will be your Preacher Teacher," University World News, June 6, 2014.

"Higher Hopes in Difficult Days":  A Review of Academic Armageddon, by Mary Gallagher, Times Higher Education, Mar. 21, 2013.

"Good Things Come to Those Who Wait," University World News, May 25, 2013.

"Review of Not for Profit:  Why Democracy Needs the Humanities," by Martha C. Nussbaum, TMO:  A Curious Alternative Magazine, Oct. 2013.

"Suitable Address," Times Higher Education,’ Nov. 1, 2012


For additional research and writing, see dit.academia.edu/SueNorton 


"Updike Abroad," Plenary Moderator, The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, June 1-5, 2018.

Writing with Radical Empathy:  Reader Response Theory as an Aid to Learner Awareness, Regional Writing Centre 10th Anniversary Symposium on Writing, University of Limerick, June 1, 2017.

European Perspectives on John Updike's Terrorist, with Prof. Laurence W. Mazzeno, Fourth Bienneial Conference of The John Updike Society, University of South Carolina, Oct. 2016.

Teaching and Learning amidst Difference and Diversity, with Dr. Marty Meinardi, Modern Language Research Seminars, University of Ulster, Faculty of Arts, Apr. 2, 2014.

Attending to American Literature:  A Symposium in Honour of Dr. Ron Callan (UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies), ‘Family and Form in John Updike’s Fiction,’ Sept. 7, 2013.

Sue is the Associate Editor of the Companions to Nineteenth Century Literature series (forthcoming, McFarland), an Editorial Committee Member of The Irish Journal of American Studies, and an Advisory Board member of E-rea: Electronic Review of Studies on the English Speaking World (Aix-Marseille University).    

She is currently Chair of the School Research Committee, a former external examiner for Lycee Francaise de' Ireland in Dublin (2010-2015), and has undertaken several European teaching exchanges on Erasmus Mobility.