Jennifer Brady | Professor
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Jennifer Brady has taught in the English department at Rhodes since 1984. She won the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1993. She earned her B.A. at the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. at Princeton University. She has published articles and book chapters and co-edited collections of essays on two major seventeenth-century writers, Ben Jonson and John Dryden. Her teaching interests include Renaissance and Restoration drama, the novel of manners, authorial studies, literary influence, and literary history. In her personal life, she is a dedicated and passionate fan of the Memphis Grizzlies and the owner of several vertically challenged dogs. Vita (pdf)


1980, Ph.D., English Literature, Princeton University
1977, M.A., Princeton University
1974, B.A., English Literature, University of Toronto


English 190 - Introductory Topics in Literature
                        Austen′s Fiction
                        Contemporary American & Canadian Fiction
English 221 - Novel of Manners
English 265-  Special Topics
                         Modern Novella
                         American Fiction in the Gilded age
English 323 - Renaissance Drama 
English 340 - Restoration Drama 
English 385 - Junior Seminar: Critical Theory and Methodology
                         The Other Titans: Jonson and Fletcher
                         17th Century Satiric Comedy - Jonson, Dryden and Congreve
English 485 - Senior Research Seminar
                        John Fletcher: The Case for Collaborative Writing

Selected Publications

Jennifer Brady, Greg Clingham, David Kramer and Earl Miner, Literary Transmission and Authority: Dryden and Other Writers, edited by Earl Miner and Jennifer Brady. Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought, 17. (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Paperback reprint, 2005.  









Ben Jonson′s 1616 Folio, edited by Jennifer Brady and W. H. Herendeen (University of Delaware Press, 1991).  

Articles and Book Chapters

"Jonson′s Reception in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century," in The Oxford Handbook of Jonson Studies, ed. Eugene Giddens (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

"Dryden and Rochester: Tracing Literary Rivalries in Dryden′s Prefatory Texts," in Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden, eds. Jayne Lewis and Lisa Zunshine (New York, MLA, 2013), pp. 146-152.

“Dryden on Epicoene’s ‘Malicious Pleasure’: The Case of the Otters,” in Renaissance Papers 2005, eds. Christopher Cobb and M. Thomas Hester (Rochester, N. Y.:Camden House, 2005), pp. 103-120.

“Wish-Fulfillment Fantasies in Dryden′s Aureng-Zebe,” Philological Quarterly 83 (Winter, 2004): 41-60.

"Anxious Comparisons in John Dryden′s Troilus and Cressida," in Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden, eds. Maximillian E. Novak and Jayne Lewis (University of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 185-202.

Ben Jonson, Revisited,” Renaissance Quarterly 55 (2002): 272-86.

"Dryden and Congreve′s Collaboration in The Double Dealer," in John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays, edited by Paul Hammond and David Hopkins (Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 113-139.

"Progenitors and Other Sons in Ben Jonson′s Discoveries," in New Perspectives on Ben Jonson, edited by James Hirsh (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997), pp. 16-34.

“Collaborating with the Forebear: Dryden′s Reception of Ben Jonson,” MLQ: A Journal of Literary History 54 (September, 1993): 345-69.

"Dryden and Negotiations of Literary Succession and Precession," in Literary Transmission and Authority, eds. Miner and Brady, pp. 27-54.

"′Noe fault, but Life′: Jonson′s Folio as Monument and Barrier," in Ben Jonson′s 1616 Folio, eds. Brady and Herendeen, pp. 192-216.

"Jonson′s "To King James": Plain Speaking in the "Epigrammes" and the "Conversations" ." Studies in Philology. 82.3 (1985): 380-98.

“Points West, Then and Now: The Fiction of Joan Didion,” Contemporary Literature 20 (Autumn, 1979): 452-70. Reprinted in Joan Didion: Essays and Conversation, edited by Ellen G. Friedman (Ontario Review Press, 1984), pp. 43-59.

“′Beware the Poet′: Authority and Judgement in Jonson′s Epigrammes,” Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900 23 (Winter, 1983): 95-112.

 “Readers in Richardson′s Pamela,” English Studies in Canada 9 (June, 1983): 164-76.

Brady′s reviews have appeared in the following journals: Renaissance Quarterly, Modern Philology, Comparative Drama, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, University of Toronto Quarterly, and The Dalhousie Review.

Encyclopedia Pieces

"The Atheist" The Literary Encylopedia. 29 July 2012

"The Cheats of Scapin". The Literary Encyclopedia. 29 December 2011.

"Titus and Berenice". The Literary Encyclopedia. 29 December 2011.

"The Tempest". The Literary Encyclopedia. 14 September 2011.

Aureng-Zebe”. The Literary Encyclopedia. 22 July 2010.