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Lucille Guss
Chair, Liberal Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Literature and Language
Contact Information

Ireton 1014
(703) 284-1640

Academic Credentials

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Temple University
Other study: Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Teaching Areas:
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Liberal Studies (Portfolio writing)
Research Interests:
  • Renaissance and 17th-century English literature
As chair of Marymount's Liberal Studies program and mentor to students undertaking the program's senior thesis, Dr. Lucille Rocco Guss strongly believes that the ability to write articulate and cogent prose empowers students to excel, not only at Marymount but also in the workforce. Increasingly, employers seeks applicants with excellent research and writing skills who can assess and solve problems from a variety of perspectives. Liberal Studies majors – with their dual concentrations and series of writing-intensive and Portfolio courses – are trained to fill that need. Dr. Guss also believes in the tutorial approach in the teaching of writing.
Dr. Guss's scholarly pursuits are varied. Her areas of specialization are the Renaissance and 17th-century English literature. She has explored such diverse subjects as Hermeticism, the history of neoplatonic thought, mystagogy, alchemy, and iconography. She is also interested in parallels in the arts.
Dr. Guss has accompanied her foreign service spouse to postings in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Budapest, and Stockholm where she taught at Stockholm University.