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Dr. Steven D. Putzel

- Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
- Program Head for the PSU Wilkes-Barre English Baccalaureate
- Head of PSU Wilkes-Barre English, Arts and Humanities

mailing address:
Old Route 115, P.O. Box PSU
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Lehman, PA 18627

office: Hayfield House Room 220
phone: (570) 675-9136
fax: (570) 674-9072
email: sdp4@psu.edu

Ph.D., English, University of Toronto, 1980

Dissertation: “Yeats’s Use of Irish Folklore and Mythology in the 1890s”

M.A., English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975

Université d’Aix Marseille (language studies), 1975

B.A., English, Drew University, 1973



Steven Putzel has taught at the Wilkes-Barre Campus since 1988. In 1990-91 he served as Acting Director of Academic Affairs, and since that time he has chaired the campus English Department. He teaches a variety of literature and writing courses including Classical Mythology, Non-Western Mythology, Contemporary Literature, Shakespeare, Modern Drama, Reading Drama, Science Fiction, Science and Literature, and British Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Writing for the Humanities.

Dr. Putzel’s most recent paper presentation is for the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf in London, June 23-26, 2004, “A Woolf Theatre Calendar: 1931-32.”

He is currently completing work on a book entitled Virginia Woolf and the Theater.

Selected Publications


Reconstructing Yeats: “The Secret Rose” and “The Wind Among the Reeds”. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes and Noble, 1986, 242 pages.


“Virginia Woolf and British Orientalism.” Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds: Selected Papers from the Tenth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Eds. Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman. New York: Pace University Press, 2001.

“Virginia Woolf and ‘The Distance of the Stage.’” Women’s Studies 28.4 (1999): 435-70.

“Two New Studies of Sam Shepard.” Rev. Article on Sam Shepard and the American Theatre, by Leslie A. Wade; and The Theatre of Sam Shepard: States of Crisis, by Stephen J. Bottoms. Modern Drama 41.3 (Fall 1999): 490-92.

“Frame, Focus and Reflection: Virginia Woolf’s Legacy to Women Playwrights.” Virginia Woolf and the Arts. Eds. Diane F. Gillespie and Leslie K. Hankins. New York: Pace University Press, 1997. 252-59.

“Fluid Disjunction in Paul Muldoon’s Immram and The More a Man has the More a Man Wants.” Papers on Language & Literature 32.1 (Winter 1996): 85-108.

“An American Cowboy on the English Fringe: Sam Shepard’s London Audience.” Modern Drama 36 (1993): 131-146.

“Poetic Ritual and Audience Response: Yeats and the No.” Yeats and Postmodernism. Ed. Leonard Orr. Syracuse: University of Syracuse Press, 1991. 105-125.

“Yeats” and “George Bernard Shaw.” Nobel Laureates in Literature: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Rado Pribic. New York: Garland Press, 1990. 380-85, 457-61.

“The Back Side of Myth: Sam Shepard’s Subversion of Mythic Codes in Buried Child.” Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism 4.2 (1989): 109-124.

“Expectation, Confutation, Revelation: Audience Complicity in the Plays of Sam Shepard.” Modern Drama 30.2 (1987): 147-60.

“Whiskey, Blarney and Land: Eugene O’Neill’s Conceptions and Misconceptions of the Irish.” National Images and Stereotypes. Vol. 3 of Literary Relations: Ireland, England and the World. Eds. Wolfgang Zach and Heinz Kosok. Tubingen: Gunter Narr, 1987. 125-31.

“‘Under Coyote’s Eye’: Indian Tales in Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook.” Canadian Literature 102 (1984): 7-16.

“Portraits of Paralysis: Stories by Joyce and Stephens.” Colby Library Quarterly 20.4 (1984): 199-205.

“Towards an Aesthetic of Folklore and Mythology: W. B. Yeats 1888-1895.” Southern Folklore Quarterly 44 (1980; published 1984), 105-30.

“James Stephens’s Paradoxical Dublin.” The Irish Writer and the City. Ed. Maurice Harmon. Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes & Noble, 1984. 103-14.

“The Black Pig: Yeats’s Early Apocalyptic Beast.” Eire-Ireland 17.3 (1982): 86-102.