Areas of Interest
Currently completing a biography, A Vision of Double Woman : Ella Cara Deloria’s Formative Years (Ella Deloria was a prominent Dakota Sioux ethnologist and linguist who also wrote a multi-generation novel about American Indian women’s lives on the northern Great Plains, before Euramerican military conquest).
Recent Selected Publications:
Introduction, New Edition of Ella Cara Deloria, Waterlily. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2009: v-xxviii.
“Ella Cara Deloria and the Profession of Kinship.” Simone Pellerin, ed. Before Yesterday: the Long History of Native American Writing. Pessac, France: Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2009: 109-119.
(with Patricia E. Scott) Bessie Head : a Bibliography . Introduction by Susan Gardner. National English Literary Museum Bibliographic Series No. 1. Grahamstown , South Africa : National English Literary Museum, 1986. Rev. ed. 1993.
Four South African Poets . Interviews by Susan Gardner with Robert Berold, Jeremy Cronin, Douglas Reid Skinner, and Stephen Watson. National English Literary Museum Interview Series 1. Grahamstown , South Africa : National English Literary Museum, 1986.
Miles Franklin’s “ My Brilliant Career .” South African Matriculation set-text edition. Cape Town : David Philip, 1982.
Selected recent articles:
“Weaving an Epic Story: Ella Cara Deloria’s Pageant for the Indians of of Robeson Co., North Carolina, 1940-41.” The Mississippi Quarterly 60: 1 (Winter 2007): 33-57.
“A Conversation with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (Huron and Eastern Cherokee) about her memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow Dear: a Story of Survival, 2005″ (with Ellen Arnold and Ursula Couch). The Mississippi Quarterly, 60: 1 (Winter 2007): 81-100.
“Piety, Pageantry and Politics on the Northern Great Plains: an Am. Indian Woman Restages Her People’s Conquest.” The Forum on Public Policy, the online journal of the Oxford Roundtable [Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, England]. Winter 2007 edition. http://www.forumonpublicpolicy.com/archive07/
“‘Although It Broke My Heart to Cuts Some Bits I Fancied:’ Ella Deloria’s Original Design for Waterlily.” American Indian Quarterly 27: 3 & 4, 2003: 667-96.http://muse.edu/journals/american_indian_quarterly/v0227/27.3gardner/html
“Speaking of Ella Deloria: Conversations with Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey, 1998-2000.” Am. Indian Quarterly 24:3 (Summer 2000): 456-81.http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/american_indian_quarterly/v024/24.3gardner.html[In Press] “Double Woman in Academe: from Ethnology to Fiction in Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily .” New introduction to 20 th anniversary edition of Waterlily , U of Nebraska P, 2008.
[In Press] “Weaving an Epic Story: Ella Cara Deloria and the Indians of Robeson Co., North Carolina, 1940-41.” The Mississippi Quarterly 60:2, (Winter 2007): 31-55.
[In Press] “A Conversation with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (Huron and Eastern Cherokee) about her memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow , Deer: a Story of Survival, 2005” (with Ellen Arnold and Ursula Couch). The Mississippi Quarterly 60: 2 (Winter 2007): 79-99.
“Piety, Pageantry and Politics on the Northern Great Plains : an American Indian Woman Restages Her People’s Conquest.” The Forum on Public Policy , the online journal of the Oxford Round Roundtable [ Harris Manchester College , Oxford , England ], Winter 2007 edition: 1-18. http://www.forumonpublicpolicy.com/archive07/
“’Although It Broke My Heart to Cut Some Bits I Fancied’: Ella Deloria’s Original Design for Waterlily .” American Indian Quarterly 27: 3 & 4, 2003, 667-96 . http://muse.edu/journals/american_indian_quarterly/v027/27.3gardner.htm.
Panel on Syllabus Sharing, International Children’s Literature Conference, Charlotte, NC, June 2009.
“Soft Money and Hard Cash: Ella Deloria as Academic Piece-Worker.” Am. Indian Literature Symposium, Universite Paul Valery III, Montpellier, France, May 17, 2009.
(Invited panelist.), Native American Studies Week, Univ. of SC-Lancaster. Integrating community service learning in Am. Indian Studies courses.
“A Vision of Double Woman: Ella Cara Deloria and the Profession of Kinship” (Preface). Am. Indian Literature Symposium, Universite Paul Valery III, Montpellier, France, May 15, 2008.
Native American Studies Academy, UNC Charlotte, March 28, 2008. Presentation on the ethics and politics of non-Indians writing Am. Indian biography.
“Reel Indians and Reel Indians: Sherman Alexie’s Independent Film, ‘The Business of Fancy Dancing.’” School of Performance and Screen Studies Research Series, Kingston University London, 16 April 2007.
“Quandaries: Politics and Ethics of Non-Indians Writing Am. Indian Biography.” School of Humanities Research Series, Kingston University London, Fall 2006.
“1 + 1” = >2: Team Teaching “Am. Indian Women” at Two Universities in Simulcast Format.” (with Dr. Linda Oxendine). Panel on pedagogy, Native American Literature Symposium, Saginaw Chippewa Reservation, Michigan. April 8, 2006.
“‘A Subject No One Wants to Bring Up:’ Am. Indian Women’s Opportunities for Leadership between the two World Wars.” Oxford Round Table, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, England. Aug. 12, 2005.
“Miss Ella’s Old-Time Medicine Show, II! Precursors to the Lumbee Pageant.” Southeastern Am. Indian Studies Conference, Univ. of NC at Pembroke. April 14, 2005.
“Miss Ella’s Old-Time Medicine Show.” Native American Literature Symposium, Mystic Lake: MN. March 22, 2004.
(Invited Panelist) “American Indians as Wards in Federal Law and the Early Discourse of Am. Indian Children’s Literature.” NC Humanities Educators’ Conference, Univ. of NC at Pembroke, Sept. 2003.
(Invited Panelist) “A’ Young Girl Had Never Done Such a Thing Before’: Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House as Post-Dated Prequel to Tracks.” “A Convergence of Cultures: Multi-Cultural Children’s Literature.” Eastern Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC, March 2001.
Southern Regional Education Board, 1998 and 2000.
Lannan Foundation grant to participate in a four-week summer institute on Am. Indian Autobiography, D’Arcy McNickle Center on Am. Indian History, Newberry Library, Chicago, summer 2002.
Invited Speaker on “The First Thanksgiving.” Diversity luncheon, Mecklenburg Co. Tax Assessor’s Office. Nov. 20, 2009.