Nebraska Authors

Susan J. Rosowski

Born 1942-01-02 Topeka, KS (USA)

Died 2004-11-02
Garland, NE (USA)

Rosowski was named Adele Hall Professor of English at the University of Nebraska in 1991. She was considered the leading Cather scholar and editor of her generation and was a much-loved pillar of the local literary and scholarly community, which mourned her early death. She helped inspire broader literary interest in Cather that encouraged and developed many other Cather scholars.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


Literary criticism and explication; Editing; Willa Cather


Bachelor's Degree, 1964, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Master's Degree, 1967, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Ph.D., 1974, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


Professor of English
Scholar in 18th and 19th Century Literature

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE


First Adele Hall Professor of English, UNL
Outstanding Teaching Awards at UNO & UNL
Annis Chaikin Sorenson Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities
One of four Receipients of the Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book, 1994
Distinguished Professor Lecture Series on Scholarship and Creative Activity, 1997
Western Literature Association's Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literacy Studies, 2000, for Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature


Spouse of Jim Rosowski, a Botanist at the University of Nebraska


Women and Western American Literature. 1982. (with Helen W. Stauffer)
The Voyage Perilous: Willa Cather's Romanticism. 1986.

Collected works:
The Rural Vision: France and America in the late Nineteenth Century. 1987. (proceedings of a symposium held at Joslyn Art Museum Nov. 6 1982, in conjunction with the exhibition 'Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition)

Approaches To Teaching Cather's My Antonia. 1989.
Cather Studies. 1990. (Volumes 1 & 2)
Willa Cather Scholarly Edition: O' Pioneers!. 1992.
Willa Cather Scholarly Edition: A Lost Lady. 1995.
Birthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity and the West in American Literature. 1999.

Susan Rosowski was the featured author at the November 2000 Ames Reading Series program:

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