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English Department

Brooke Lenz, Ph.D.
Brooke Lenz
English - Associate Professor

(507) 457-1535

Brooke Lenz is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, with specialties in Contemporary British Literature and Women's Studies. Her book John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur (forthcoming, Rodopi) employs feminist standpoint theory in its investigation of cinematic conventions and point of view in the works of John Fowles. Her next scholarly project will consider the ways in which contemporary metafictional novels employ and extend standpoint methodology. In addition to her work in English, Dr. Lenz serves on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Saint Theresa Leadership & Service Institute for Women.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Contemporary literature
Women's literature
Feminist theory and criticism
Film criticism

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Women's Narrative
Seminar: Desire, Distress & Disorientation in Contemporary Fiction
Dimensions of Literature: Postmodern Mystery
Literary Imagination: The Extraordinary Woman
Introduction to Literature: Women in Contemporary Literature
Advanced Essay Writing
Argumentative & Research Writing
English Composition

Professional Organizations
Modern Language Association
National Women's Studies Association

Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Duke University, 2002
M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
B.A., English and Philosophy, University of Rochester, 1998

Teaching Experience
2005 to Present: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Saint Mar'’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1999-2004: Teaching Fellow, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
2001-2003: Teaching Assistant, Curriculum in Women’s Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Other Professional Experience
2005 to Present: Faculty Advisory Board Member, Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women, SMU
2004 to Present: Consulting Editor, Innovate: Journal of Online Education
2004-2005: Research Assistant, UNC-CH Department of English

2004: Graduate School Transportation Grant, The Graduate School, UNC-CH
2004: Conference/Travel Award, Duke University Department of Women’s Studies
2004: Bahr Fund, UNC-CH English Department
2003, 2004: Lea Travel Fund, UNC-CH English Department
2001, 2003: First Place, C. S. Herschel Course Development Award, UNC-CH Writing Program
2001-2002: Teaching Group Coordinator, UNC-CH Writing Program
1998: Joseph O'Connor Graduate Study Endowment Award, University of Rochester
1998: Phi Beta Kappa

"Fact and Fiction in Herstory: The Metafictional Standpoint Methodology of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 9-11, 2007.

"Fact and Fiction: The Metafictional Standpoint Methodology of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." Marquette University Women's Studies Program Annual Conference: Women and Creativity, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, March 22-24, 2007.

"John Fowles: Voyeur or Visionary?" Sigma Tau Delta Speaker Series, Saint Mar'’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN, March 15, 2006

Discussant, Women and the U.S. Constitution Panel Presentation, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN, September 15, 2005

"Radical Pedagogy and Community Action in The Magus and The Matrix." Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, Towson University, Towson, MD, November 14-16, 2003

John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur (forthcoming, Rodopi).

Contributor, Enhanced Readings and Supporting Materials. About Literature in the Media Age CD-ROM. Ed. Daniel Anderson. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005

"Postcolonial Fiction and the Outsider Within: Towards a Literary Practice of Feminist Standpoint Theory." NWSA Journal 16:2 (Summer 2004): 98-120

Under Brooke Baeten (maiden name):
"Masculine Mythology in Feminist Femininity: Molly Newman's and Barbara Damashek's Quilters." The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 12:3 (Fall 2000): 27-40

"'Whose Spirit Is This?': Musings on the Woman Singer in 'The Idea of Order at Key West." The Wallace Stevens Journal 24:1 (Spring 2000): 24-36