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Darcy L. Brandel

Darcy L. Brandel

Associate Professor of English

Darcy Lee Brandel received her B.A. in English from Allegheny College in 1999, her M.A. in English from Syracuse University in 2001, and her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She is currently chair of the English and Modern Languages Department. In 2007, she led the charge to establish the first Women’s Center on campus and now serves on its advisory board. She also served as coordinator of the English graduate program from 2011-2013 and secretary of the Faculty Assembly from 2008-2012. Her fields of interest include literature by women, multi-ethnic literature, comparative women’s studies, critical theory, aesthetic theory, creative writing, Buddhism, and translation. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poetry.

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ENG 535: Studies in Multi-Ethnic Literature

This course will explore a range of texts that reveal the ethnic diversity of North American literature, asking readers to consider both common themes and cultural specificities found in diverse “minority” literatures. The course will explore themes and theories of alienation, fragmentation, dislocation, hybridity, borderlands/border crossing, appropriation, resistance, and generational difference. The course will pay particular attention to language and the role it plays in defining reality. The course explores the ways ethnic writers both resist and appropriate dominant languages in an attempt to formulate their own modes of communication.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None

ENG 539 Witchcraft and Gender

This course will explore early American notions of gender, especially as they relate to and inform the infamous witch hunts in Salem and beyond. The course will examine relevant early American literature to connect and complicate the relationship between conceptions of womanhood and the hysteria of the witch-craze.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 570 Women’s Literature: Experimental Literature by Women

This course considers some established traditions in writing by women, while paying close attention to how these traditions are both revisited and revised by subsequent writers. We will consider how the texts are in dialogue with one another as well as whose voices and experiences remain silenced in various texts.  Using the historical context of the various waves of the women's movement, along with the framework of feminist theory, the course seeks to highlight both the establishment of and resistance to traditions in literature by women.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 606: Experimental Literature by Women

Many artists believe that the way to accomplish art which creates social change in the world is to resist the traditional by utilizing new forms, styles, and approaches. Challenging any kind of established literary tradition, however, often results in marginalization; therefore, for an already historically marginalized group like women writers to experiment raises the risk of being silenced, discredited, and attacked. This course considers how various women writers across the twentieth century have experimented with literary form and explores the implications of this experimentation on the authors, on notions of gender, on the world.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None
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Darcy L. Brandel, Ph.D.
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