Bette Mandl, EdD

Professor Emerita
Department of English

Phone: 617-573-8277
Fax: 617-305-1744


  • EdD, Boston University
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, Brooklyn College

Research Interests

  • Modern American Drama
  • Neuroscience and the Arts
  • Women and Literature
  • Modern British Literature

Employment History

At Suffolk since 1976.

Articles in Books and Journals

"Composing Memory in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night." Eugene O'Neill. Critical Insights. Ed. Steven F. Bloom. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 173-188.

"Sisters (or Brothers) Under the Skin: Williams's Blanche and Albee's Martha." Tennessee Williams Literary Journal VI (Winter 2008): 23-28.

"Feminism, Postfeminism and The Heidi Chronicles." Twentieth Century American Drama: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Eds. Brenda Murphy and Laurie J. C. Cella. Routledge, 2006. (First published in 1990. See below).

"Thinking Aloud’ in Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude." The Eugene O’Neill Review. 26(2004): 24-30.

"Interview with Neil Simon." The Playwright's Muse. Ed. Joan Herrington. NY: Routledge, 2002. 91-97.

"Lessing Critics: The Earlier Generation" (a collaborative article). Ed. Paul Schlueter. Doris Lessing Studies 22 (Spring, 2002): 18-24. 

"Broadway Boundaries: Neil Simon and Popular Culture." The Playwright’s Muse. Ed. Joan Herrington. NY: Routledge, 2002. 78-89.

"Women's Movement: The Personal as Political in the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein." Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook, ed. Claudia Barnett. NY: Garland, 1999. 3-11.

"Forward" for "Sunset in Hebrew and Khmer" by Willa Schneberg. Passionate Lives: Eight Autobiographical Poem Cycles. Ed. Elizabeth Claman. Eugene, Oregon: Queen of Swords Press, 1998: 76-77.

"Beyond Laughter and Forgetting: Echoes of the Holocaust in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers." Neil Simon: A Casebook. Ed. Gary Konas. NY: Garland, 1997. 69-77.

"'Alive Still in You': Memory and Silence in A Shayna Maidel." Staging Difference: Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama. Ed. Marc Maufort. N.Y.: Peter Lang Publishing, 1995. 259-265.

"Guest Editor's Foreward." The Eugene O'Neill Review. 19 (Spring and Fall, 1995): 4-6.

"Gender and Design in Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude." The Eugene O'Neill Review. 19 (Spring and Fall, 1995):123-128.

"Desire under the Elms." Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 49. Ed. Laurie Di Mauro. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1993. 296-298.

"Absence as Presence: The Second Sex in The Iceman Cometh." Eugene O'Neill: The Critical Response. Ed. John Houchin. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood UP, 1993. 184-190.

"Disturbing Women: Wendy Kesselman's My Sister in this House." Modern American Drama: The Female Canon. Ed. June Schlueter. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1990. 246-253.

"Feminism, Postfeminism and The Heidi Chronicles." Studies in the Humanities 17 (December,1990): 120-128.

"Theatricality and Otherness in God's All Chillun Got Wings." Feminist Re-readings of Modern American Drama. Ed. June Schlueter. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1989. 48-56.

"Wrestling with the Angel in the House: Mary Tyrone's Long Journey." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter XII (Winter 1988): 19-24.

"Family Ties: Landscape and Gender in Desire Under the Elms." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter XI (Winter 1987): 19-23.

"Images of Transformation: Joyce's Ulysses in Mid-Lfe." Journal of Mental Imagery 10 (Summer 1986): 79-86.

"The Politics of Representation in The Marriages between Zones Three, Four and Five." Notes on Contemporary Literature XV (March 1985): 4-5.

"Absence as Presence: The Second Sex in The Iceman Cometh." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter 6 (Summer/Fall 1982): 10-15.

"Martha Quest: The Dynamics of Mood." Doris Lessing Newsletter 5 (Winter, 1981): 3-4.

Book Reviews and Reports in Journals

"Tribute: Frederick C. Wilkins." Eugene O'Neill Review 34 (2013): 251-252..

Rev. of Tennessee Williams's Influence on Fifteen American Playwrights edited by Philip Kolin. Modern Drama 52 (Winter 2009): 499-501. 

Rev. of American Women Playwrights: 1900-1950 by Yvonne Shafer. Theatre Research International 24 (Spring 1999): 114-115.

Rev. of Struggle, Defeat or Rebirth: Eugene O'Neill's Vision of Humanity by Thierry Dubost. The Eugene O'Neill Review 22 (Spring and Fall 1998): 194-195.

Rev. of Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Plays and Fiction, edited by Linda Ben-Zvi. The Eugene O'Neill Review 20 (Spring and Fall 1996): 153-155. 

Rev. of "A Kind of Alaska": Women in the Plays of O'Neill, Pinter and Shepard, by Ann C. Hall, in The Eugene O'Neill Review 17 (Spring and Fall 1993): 203-205.

Rev. of Eugene O'Neill and the Emergence of American Drama, edited by Marc Maufort, in The Eugene O'Neill Review 15 (Spring 1991): 107-109.

Rev. of Eugene O'Neill: Three Plays, edited by Normand Berlin. The Eugene O'Neill Review 14 (Spring and Fall, 1990): 108-110.

Rev. of Critical Approaches to O'Neill, edited by John H. Stroupe. The Eugene O'Neill Review 13 (Spring 1989): 92-95. 

Rev. of Tragic Drama and the Family: Psychoanalytic Studies from Aeschylus to Beckett, by Bennett Simon. The Eugene O'Neill Review 13 (Spring 1989) 90-92. 

Report on O'Neill panel of NEMLA Conference. The Eugene O'Neill Review 13 (Spring 1989): 61-63. 

Rev. of Beyond Power, by Marilyn French. NWSA Perspectives 4 (Winter 1986): 34. 

Report on panel of conference: "Eugene O'Neill - The Later Years." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter X (Winter 1986): 24-25. 

Courses Taught

ENG 103 - Advanced Freshman English
ENG 216 - World Literature in English
ENG 343 - The 19th Century English Novel
ENG 366 - Modern British Fiction
ENG 387 - Women and Literature
SF 101 - Seminar for Freshmen