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Laura Snyder: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Laura Snyder , Ph.D.

English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Laura Snyder
Office Hours

3:15-4:45pm in Caves 244, Owings Mills campus

Office Location
Garrison Hall S217 Campus Map


Ph.D.   Loyola University Chicago   2000

Professional Experience

    Professor of English Language and Literature
    Stevenson University
    Instructor and Assistant Professor of English


Modern and Contemporary Women's Theatre and Theory

Presentations at Professional Meetings

“Identity Formation in Caryl Churchill’s A Number and Jennifer Haley’s The Nether”  Comparative Drama Conference.  Rollins College.  April, 2017.

“From Political Satire to Tragedy: The Transformation of M. Butterfly.”  Comparative Drama Conference.  Loyola Marymount University.  March, 2010.

“Bloody Relations of Exchange: Revising Monstrous Myths of the Feminine in Sharon Pollock’s Blood Relations.”  Comparative Drama Conference.  Loyola Marymount University.  April, 2008.

“Ann Jellicoe’s 1965 Shelley:  Forecasting the Direction of 1970s and 1980s Feminist Social Realism and Historical Docudrama.”   Comparative Drama Conference.  Loyola Marymount University.  April, 2006.

“Constance Ledbelly’s Birthday: Construction of the Jungian Archetype of the Self in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).”  Comparative Drama Conference.  California State University.  April, 2005.

“Community Plays and Feminist Consciousness Raising: Ann Jellicoe's Professional Community Productions.”Comparative Drama Conference. Ohio State University. April, 2004.

“Community Animation and Ann Jellicoe's Professional Community Plays.”  Comparative Drama Conference. Ohio State University. April, 2002.

“Coversion and Subversion in the Feminist Dramas of Ann Jellicoe, Pam Gems, and Caryl Churchill.”  Comparative Drama Conference.  Ohio State University. April, 2000.

“Not Just Another ‘Angry Youth’ Play: Ann Jellicoe’s The Sport of My Mad Mother as a Critique of Nuclear Proliferation.”  Comparative Drama Conference. Florida State University.  March, 1999.

Keynote Speaker for American Association of University Women Awards Ceremonies.  Edgewood, IN, 2005; Anderson, IN, 2004;  FortWayne, IN, 2000; Hinsdale, IL, 1999; Muncie, IN, 1999.

“Christian Feminism and Trained Passivity in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa.”  Carolinas Symposium on British Studies.  University of the Carolinas. 1995.

“Connecting with Writing Students at a Distance.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).  Nashville, TN. 1994.

“Rewriting the African-American: August Wilson’s Fences.”  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference.  University of Louisville.  1993.

“Learn to Play the Game: Learning and Teaching Strategies in Ann Jellicoe’s The Knack.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference.  University of  Louisville.  1992.


“Bloody Relations of Exchange: Sharon Pollock’s Revision of Legend and Feminine Myth in Blood Relations.”  Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends.  Ed. Verna Foster.  Jefferson: McFarland, 2012.  211-24.

Rev. of Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works: Critical Essays.  Ed. Sharon Friedman.  Jefferson: MacFarland, 2009.  In Text and Presentation. 30 (2009): 199-201.

“Constance Ledbelly’s Birthday: Construction of the Feminist Archetype of the Self in Ann-Marie MacDonald’sGoodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).”  Text and Presentation.  26 (2005): 43-55.

“Not Just Another Angry Youth Play: Ann Jellicoe’s The Sport of My Mad Mother as a Critique of Nuclear Proliferation.” Text and Presentation.  20 (1999): 70-78.

“Jellicoe, Ann.” The Encyclopedia of British Humorists. Ed. Steven H. Gale.  New York: Garland, 1996. 2 vols. 568-73.

“Learn to Play the Game: Learning and Teaching Strategies in Ann Jellicoe’s The Knack.” Modern Drama. 37.3 (1994): 447-56.

“Student Videos Capture the Big Picture.” College Teaching.  40.4 (1992): 129-33.


Courses Taught

Staging Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Theatre

Major Author: Caryl Churchill

New Worlds: 1984 to The Hunger Games

Sci-Fi at the Theatre

Design Your Career

Critical Approaches II

Drama Mamas: The Feminist Movement in Theatre

Mything Up the Stage: Mythic Resonances in Modern and Contemporary Drama

Irish Theatre on the Page and on the Stage

Honors Composition: Gender Studies

Modern and Contemporary Women’s Theatre: Negotiating Gender

Contemporary British Literature: Decline of Empire

Theatre Survey: Theatre as Ritual and Civic Renewal

Non-Western World Literature: Imperialism, Colonialism, and the Postcolonial Response

World Literature: Realism, Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism

World Literary Masterpieces: Literature’s Religious and Civic Significance

British Literature Survey I: From Beowulf to Chaucer

Introduction to Critical Theory: From Talking Text to Thinking Subtext

Introduction to English Studies: How can you do that with an English major?

Reading and Writing About Literature

Research Writing: Crossing the Curriculum

Honors and English Composition I: Appreciate, Evaluate, and Negotiate Difference

Indiana Higher Education Televised Composition and Literature

Literary History

Writing in the Architecture Design Curriculum



  • Stevenson University Course Redevelopment Grant.  2011/2012. 
  • Stevenson University Faculty Development Research Grant.  2009/2010.                               
  • American Association of University Women American Fellowship.  1998/99.                       
  • Loyola University Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship.  1998/99. 
  • P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant. 1996/97.  
  • Indiana Higher Education Television Grant.  1991/94.  
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Research Science and Technology in American Modernist Literature.  1990. 
  • Ball State University Faculty Development Program Grants: Video Production and Information Systems. 1989.    

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