I became a member of the OU English Department in 2000. Before that I lectured at Queen Mary, University of London, where I had completed all of my postgraduate studies.
I am currently Chair of A230 Reading and Studying Literature. I edited The Twentieth Century (book three of A230) with my colleague Sara Haslam, and wrote on Langston Hughes and Claude McKay, poets living and writing in New York in the 1920s and 30s, for ‘Cities’, also a chapter on Frankenstein for the 'Romantics' part of the module. I wrote on the American poets Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg, associated with New York like Hughes and McKay, for A300 Debating Twentieth Century Literature, and chapters on the American writer Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening for AA316 The Nineteenth Century Novel.
My interests in nineteenth and twentieth century literature are also evident in A335 Literature in Transition: 1800 – the present. For that I wrote chapters on the Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough, as well as Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts. The short video Women Writers: Voices in Transition (link below) was made at Monk's House, Woolf's home in Sussex.
Substance into Shadow: starvation and death in Arnold Bennett's Riceyman Steps (2011)
Double Dialogues: The Hunger Artists, 2011(15)
Student-student mentoring in distance education (1999)
Simpson, Ormond; Asbee, Sue and Woodall, Sue
Journal of Access and Credit Studies, 2(2) (pp. 220-232)
Partners, Families and Friends: Student support of the closest kind (1998-11)
Simpson, Ormond and Asbee, Sue
Open Learning, 13(3) (pp. 56-59)
‘Not quite every character is a living person in this story. And not quite the reverse.’ Margiad Evans: Memory, fiction and autobiography (2013-02)
In: Bohata, Kirsti and Gramich, Katie eds. Rediscovering Margiad Evans - Marginality, Gender and Illness
ISBN : 9780708325605 | Publisher : University of Wales Press | Published : Cardiff
"To Write a Great Story": Margiad Evans' Illness Narratives (2009)
In: Bartoszko, Aleksandra and Vaccarella, Maria eds. The Patient: Probing Interdisciplinary Boundaries (pp. 55-64)
ISBN : 978-1-904710-83-7 | Publisher : Inter-Disciplinary Press
Margiad Evans's The Wooden Doctor: Illness and Sexuality (2004)
In: Brown, Tony ed. Welsh Writing in English (pp. 33-49)
ISBN : 0-70831-829-0 | Publisher : University of Wales Press
Yellow Book Writers (2013-10)
Asbee, Sue ed.
The Women Aesthetes: British Writers, 1870 - 1900
ISBN : 9781848932272 | Publisher : Pickering and Chatto | Published : London
The Twentieth Century (2012-02)
Haslam, Sara and Asbee, Sue eds.
Reading and Studying Literature
ISBN : 9781849666206 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
The Wooden Doctor by Margiad Evans (2005-02)
Asbee, Sue ed.
ISBN : 9781870206686 | Publisher : Honno | Published : Aberystwyth