Laura Fairchild Brodie Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Laura Fairchild Brodie

Payne 203


Ph.D., English, University of Virginia
M.A., English, University of Virginia
B.A., English, Harvard University


Fiction and nonfiction writing; contemporary fiction, eighteenth-century literature, women's studies.


WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar: Wicked Women
ENGL 299-Becoming Jane
ENGL 285-Reading Lolita in Lexington
ENGL 334-Eighteenth-Century Poetry

Fiction Faculty, Taos Summer Writers' Conference

Selected Publications


Novel. All the Truth. Berkeley Books and Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2012.

Memoir. Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter's Uncommon Year. Harper, 2010, Harper Perennial 2011.Novel. Ich Weiss, Du Bist Hier. 2010. Der Spiegel Bestseller in Germany for 28 weeks.

Novel. The Widow's Season. Berkley Books, 2009.

Nonfiction. Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women. NY: Pantheon Books, 2000; NY: Vintage Books, 2001.

Articles, stories, and reviews

Review of Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship, and the Citadel in Post-World War II America. Journal of Military History (October 2011).

Op Ed. "Virginia's ______ Tests. Answer: Flawed." Washington Post (1 March 2009)

"Spiderman Summer." Shenandoah (Spring 2008).

Essay. "One Good Year: A Look at Short-Term Homeschooling." Brain, Child (March 2007).

Review of Life after Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen. Journal of British Studies 45.4 (Oct. 2006).

Op Ed. "Pregnant on the Parade Ground." Washington Post (2003).

"Jane Austen and the Common Reader." Texas Studies in Literature and Language (Spring 1995).

"Society and the Superfluous Female: Jane Austen's Treatment of Widows."  Studies in English Literature (Autumn 1994).

"An Interview with Amy Clampitt." American Poetry Review (1987).