English Department Faculty

Deborah Brassard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office Location: LAC 217J

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Boston University

Modern British Literature, Modern American Literature, and Shakespeare

Dr. Deborah Brassard earned her B.A. degree from Boston University in 1975, her M.A. from Boston College in 1977, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1984. Her area of specialization is modern British and American literature with a focus on metaphysics. She offers, among others, the following upper level courses: Mystical Writers, Poe and Twain, Ten Short Novels and Shakespeare.  She has been a member of the Marywood faculty since 1991.

Dr. Brassard's courses are discussion-based and emphasize critical thinking and collaborative learning in the Socratic tradition.  Her classes are structured as communities of learners; students sit in a  circle to facilitate an equal exchange, and group discussions are designed around problem-solving investigations into the meaning of the literature beging studied.  She believes that the art of literature is its ability to reveal the meaning of life itself. As well known, contemporary writer Annie Dillard believes: "The artist lights the kingdom of God for the world to see." Such relevant subject matter makes for engaging often intense classroom experiences.


  • Mystical Writers
  • Poe and Twain
  • Ten Short Novels
  • Shakespeare


  • Modern British Literature
  • Modern American Literature