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Rachel Brownstein
Position: Professor, Brooklyn College. English
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: (212) 817-8488
Room Number: 4104
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Yale University.
Research Interests: Satire and the novel, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries; graphic satire in England, especially the work of James Gillray; women's writing; biography; essays and letters.
Specialization: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|History of the Novel|Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature|Romantic Literature|Victorian Literature|Visual Culture

Coming Soon:

"Why Jane Austen?", Columbia University Press, June 2011.

Selected Publications:

  • Becoming a Heroine: Reading about Women in Novels (Viking, 1982; Penguin, 1984).

  • Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise (Knopf, 1993), (Duke, 1995).

  • "Endless Imitation: Austen's and Byron's Juvenilia," in The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf, ed. Christine Alexander and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • "Out of the Drawing Room, Onto the Lawn," in Jane Austen in Hollywood, ed. Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, The University Press of Kentucky, 1998.

  • "Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice," in The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, ed. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge University Press, 1997.

  • "Interrupted Reading," in Confessions of the Critics, ed. H. Aram Veeser, Routledge, 1995."The Importance of Aunts," in Fay Weldon's Wicked Fictions, ed. Regina Barreca, University Press of New England, 1994.


  • "Chosen Women," in Out of the Garden: Women Writing on the Bible, ed. Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel, Ballantine Books, 1994