Guide to the Cynthia Sutherland Papers, 1963-1997 UA.90.F61

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Cynthia Sutherland Papers
Creator
Sutherland, Cynthia, 1934-1998
Collection Number
UA.90.F61
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1983-1995
Date [inclusive]
1963-1997
Extent
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract
Cynthia Sutherland was a professor of English Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh from 1968 to 1996. Her teaching interests encompassed a broad range of subject matter including: Elizabethan through eighteenth-century drama, modern drama, myth studies, folklore, children’s literature, fantasy and science fiction literature, psychoanalysis and identity, representations of women in literature, and the influence of women authors on drama and literature. The papers in this collection include syllabi, lecture notes, annotated course materials, example quizzes and exams, as well as a small amount of personal and professional correspondence, and one exam from her PhD course work.

Preferred Citation

Cynthia Sutherland Papers, 1963-1997, UA.90.F61, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Cynthia Sutherland was born in 1934 and spent her early life in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. at Bryn Mawr College in 1956, and an M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. Under the tutelage of Arthur Scouten, Sutherland earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, where her main academic focus had been on dramas from the Elizabethan period through the eighteenth century. Sutherland was a lecturer at Claremont Men’s College in California during the 1966-67 academic year, and an Assistant Professor at Point Park College during the 1967-68 academic year. She continued her career as a professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh from 1968-1996, earning tenure in 1973. Sutherland died prematurely at the age of 63 in January 1998 after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

During her tenure in Pittsburgh, Sutherland’s research and teaching interests broadened to include contemporary drama, myth studies, folklore, children’s literature, fantasy and science fiction literature, psychoanalysis and identity, representations of women in literature, and the influence of women authors on drama and literature. In 1971, she co-founded the scholarly journal, Eighteenth-Century Life, and contributed articles and reviews to many scholarly publications throughout her career. Her work often exhibited feminist leanings, and she helped to establish the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. Early in her career, she was an active participant in University governance, and in professional organizations and conference committees. She married her first husband, William Matlack, in 1958, and used her married name in professional situations. Following a divorce, she began using Sutherland as her professional name, and, after marriage to second husband J. Lee O’Nan, used her new married name socially.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Cynthia Sutherland Papers document a portion of Sutherland’s life from 1963-1997. A vast majority of the collection is comprised of academic course materials that were used for the instruction of English Literature and Women’s Studies classes at the University of Pittsburgh from 1981-1996. While the collection does not include documents from every course she taught, the materials are representative of the variety of subjects, from broad to specific, that interested Sutherland, and were considered appropriate for academic study by the English and Women’s Studies departments at the University of Pittsburgh. Common themes include: Elizabethan through eighteenth-century drama, modern drama, myth studies, folklore, children’s literature, fantasy and science fiction literature, psychoanalysis and identity, representations of women in literature, and the influence of women authors on drama and literature. In addition to course materials, a research examination from her PhD studies and a selection of personal and professional correspondence reflect similar subject interests that Sutherland carried throughout her academic career and beyond the collegiate classroom.

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Arrangement

The Cynthia Sutherland Papers have been arranged in the following series. Scope notes for each series are available in the container list.

Series I. Course Materials

Series II. Personal Papers

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June, 2010

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of J. Lee O'Nan on September 14, 1999.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Katrina Milbrodt in June 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Faculty

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Lecture notes

Personal Name(s)

  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Sutherland, Cynthia, 1934-1998

Subject(s)

  • College teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • English drama -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • English literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Faculty papers
  • Fantasy literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Folklore -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Mythology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Science fiction -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Women's studies -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Cynthia Sutherland Papers, 1963-1997, UA.90.F61, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Course Materials, 1966-1997  (Bulk, 1983-1995)

Scope and Content Notes

Sutherland’s teaching career spanned three decades from 1966-1996. The older papers in this series include course materials from early in her career when she conducted classes on traditional subjects such as composition, literary analysis, and comedy. The scope of the courses represented in this collection broadens with material from the mid-1980s through the 1990s, which comprises the bulk of the collection. There is a substantial amount of material for several courses taught by Sutherland during this time period including: "Fantasy and Romance," "Fantasy Writers," "Introduction to Critical Reading," "Introduction to Shakespeare," "Literature, Tradition and the New," "Myth and Folktale," and "Science Fiction." The subject matter of these courses may indicate a broadening of Sutherland's research interests as well as an increasing willingness in collegiate English departments to include popular literature in academic literature studies. The materials for three of these courses ("Introduction to Critical Reading," "Literature, Tradition, and the New," and "Myth and Folktale") each span eight to nine years of Sutherland's career, which would allow for an examination of how the courses changed over time.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by course title.

  BoxFolder
Comedy, English 101, English Literature 801, 1975, 1977 11
  Folder
Comedy and Laughter, English Literature 101, 1983 2
  Folder
Comic View, The, English 181, 1968-1969 3
  Folder
Composition and Literary Analysis, H10, 1966 4
  Folders
Contemporary American Women Writers, English Literature 1280, 1994 5-6
  Folder
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature, English Literature 1645, 1991 7
  Folder
Eighteenth-Century Englishwoman, The, English Literature 112, 1975 8
  Folder
English 211, 1968 9
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English 81, 10
  Folder
English Literature 087, 1982 11
  Folder
Fantasy and Ideology, English Literature 1360, 1992-1993 12
  Folders
Fantasy and Romance, English Literature 1572, 1993, 1995-1996 13-16
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Fantasy Writers, English Literature 1578, 1991, 1993, 1995 17-20
  Folder
Formative Masterpieces, English Literature 590, 1992 21
  Folder
Genre, English Literature 51, 1977 22
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Introduction to Critical Reading, English Literature 050, 1981, 1983, 1985-1989 23-28
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Introduction to Shakespeare, English Literature 7580, 1994-1997 29-33
  Folder
Legendary Figures: Eve and Pandora, English Literature 160, English Literature 1574, 1989-1990 34
  Folder
Literature and Ideas, English Literature 037, 1982, 1988 35
  Folder
Literature and Identity, English Literature 169, 1983 36
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Literature for Children, English Literature 876, 1989, 1991-1992 21
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Literature, Tradition and the New, English Literature 030, English Literature W030, English Literature W0350, 1984, 1986, 1988-1992 2-8
  Folder
Major British Dramatists, English 123, 1969 9
  Folder
Makers of Modern Drama, English 184, 1973 10
  Folder
Monsters and Makers, English Literature 109, 1985 11
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Miscellaneous Lecture Notes, 12
  Folder
Portraits of Mothers and Daughters, English Literature 163, English Literature 863, 18
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Myth and Folktale, English Literature 171, English Literature 1570, 1987-1990, 1992-1995 13-17
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Reading and Personal Identity, Freshman Seminar 18, 1982 19
  Folder
Representations of Violence, English Literature 1771, 1995 20
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Seminar in the Teaching of Drama, English 281, 1971 21
  Folders
Science Fiction, English Literature 1661, 1992-1995 22-24
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Senior Seminar [Fantasy as a Literary Mode], English Literature 1910, 1996 25
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Topics in Children's Literature: Fantasy, English Literature 1649, 1991 26
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Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature: Fantasy and Science Fiction, English Literature 1360, 1991 27
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Tragedy, English Literature 102, English Literature 802, 1988 28
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Utopian Literature, English Literature 163, 1984 29
  Folder
Women and Literature, English Literature 0360, 1993 30
  Folder
Yankee Magician, English 122, 31

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Series  II. Personal Papers, 1963-1994 

Scope and Content Notes

Included in this series are professional correspondence and papers, with a particular focus on the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the Margaret Attwood Society, and The Chalk Garden, a play by Enid Bagnold. The Chalk Garden and the works of Margaret Attwood were prominent in some of the courses Sutherland taught. This series also includes a research examination on sixteenth through eighteenth-century grammar, syntax, and pronunciation from Sutherland’s time as a PhD student, and personal correspondence, which consists of letters from friends and family, as well as genealogical information.

  Folder
Research Examination in English 609, January 14, 1963 32
  Folder
Professional Correspondence, 1967-1994 33
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, 1972-1991 34

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