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About Brenda A Ayres

A full professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Honors Program, Dr. Ayres calls herself a Victorianist. She has published widely in 19th-century British scholarship including twenty books and over one hundred articles (as of 2014), and regularly presents papers at conferences. She also initiated the school’s literary and arts magazine, took students to the UK on study-abroad tours, coordinated the LU Victorian Society, and was the co-organizer for LU’s annual Civil War seminar. From 2006-10 she served on the Graduate Senate and was its chair from 2009-10. Additionally she is a member of the graduate faculty and the Assistant Director in the Honor’s Program.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century English Literature, Creative Writing, Women's Literature, and Feminist Criticism

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Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • South Atlantic Association of Departments of English Outstanding Teacher of 1995
  • College Teacher of the Year by Georgia Coucil of Teachers of English, 1997


  • Seminar in Charles Dickens
  • Seminar in George Eliot
  • Seminar in Jane Austen
  • Seminar in Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Seminar in the Bronte Sisters

Victorian Literature (12)

Postcolonial Criticism (1)

Pedagogy (4)

Civil War Scholarship (4)

Encyclopedia Entries (4)