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Rachel Brownstein
Position: Professor of English
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: (212) 817-8488
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD CUNY Graduate School
Research Interests: 18th and 19th century literature, the novel especially; life writing; essays; caricature

CUNY Department(s): English; Women’s Studies Program; MALS


“Why Jane Austen?” (Columbia University Press, 2011); “Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise ” (Knopf, 1993); “Becoming a Heroine: Reading about Women in Novels” (Viking, 1982)

Selected recent articles and reviews

  • “Tenderized”; review of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon ReaderCommonweal 135, 10 May 2008.
  • “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.
  • Review of “Our Kind: A Novel in Stories,” by Kate Walbert, WSQ: Gender and Cutlure in the 1950s, Volume 33, numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2005.
  • “Rachel, au Coeur des lettres,” pp. 41-55, in Rachel, Une Vie Pour le Théâtre, 1821-1858, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judäisme, Paris, 2004.
  • “What Becomes A Legend,” review essay about Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates andSeeing Mary Plain by Frances Kiernan, The American Prospect, August 28, 2000.
  • Review of Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman, in The Boston Sunday Globe, October 31, 1999.
  • Review of God’s Funeral by A.N. Wilson, The Boston Sunday Globe, June 20, 1999.
  • Review of I Married a Communist by Philip Roth, Commonweal, January 15, 1999.
  • Review of Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom, The Boston Sunday Globe, November 1, 1998.
  • “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.
About Professor Brownstein:
Rachel M. Brownstein is professor of English at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books,Becoming a Heroine: Reading About Women in Novels and Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comédie-Française. She is a graduate of Hunter College High School and Barnard College, and received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University

Rachel M. Brownstein
English Program, Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016–4309