Katherine Brueck - PhD
Department Chair, English
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Illinois
MA, Comparative Literature, Purdue University
BA, English, Minor in French, John Carroll University
I bring to Mount Saint Mary’s University experience teaching at several state universities, including Iowa State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois. As a comparatist I studied the literatures of three cultures in the original languages. The modern novel in England , France, and Russia (19th&20th century) was my area of specialization in graduate school. I have published on Charles Dickens, Francois Mauriac and Fyodor Dostoevsky, also on Sophocles, Shakespeare, Racine and the 20th century mystical philosopher Simone Weil (The Redemption of Tragedy, SUNY Press, 1995).
A particular interest in mysticism has grown out of my education in literature, philosophy, and religious thought. My poetry has appeared in a variety of periodicals including Christian Poetry Review, The Lyric and Blue Unicorn. My collection of poems, Voiceless Love, was published by Finishing Line Press (Georgetown, Kentucky) in January 2016.
I regularly teach Eng 148 Twentieth Century English and European Literature, Eng 147 English Lit 1700-1900, and Eng 161 Study of the Novel. I particularly enjoy teaching two interdisciplinary courses Eng 156H The Modern Temper and Eng 130 Faith and Fiction. I also regularly teach Eng 162 Study of Poetry and, more recently, Eng 163 Study of Drama.
Eng 195 English Seminar has benefited from my current exploration of the mystical dimension of Buddhism (particularly in Japan) and the novels of 20th Century British novelist, Iris Murdoch. I recently (Fall 2012) delivered a paper on a comparison between the outlook of the 20th century psychoanalyst Carl Jung and that of Iris Murdoch at an International Conference in London.
Courses at Otis College of Art and Design have offered me the underpinning for two new hobbies: photography and drawing. Travel is a longstanding love of mine—throughout Europe and more recently to Mexico, Russia, Japan, Turkey and Morocco. My husband Don, two daughters Emily and Heidi, and granddaughter Chloe are my favorite personal interests!