Lisa Brune

Graduate Student, Literature

My research focuses the ways eighteenth-century British women imaginatively invent their own narrative worlds in order to gain greater access to agency. My dissertation, “Possible Worlds: Narrative World-Making in Eighteenth-Century British Women’s Literature,” argues that these female writers engaged in fictional acts of world-making that experiment with unrealized social possibilities. Departing from the new modes of realist writing and the established precedents of romance, such female writers as Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Lennox, Sarah Scott, and Sarah Fielding created a distinctive mode of utopian writing. Using certain narrative devices, these authors pull back the curtain on the process of storytelling, shaping their texts into pedagogical instruments that train readers to become world-makers themselves.

Teaching Experience

  • WGSS 100B: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Instructor), Spring 2021
  • CWP 115: College Writing: Writing, Literature, and Justice (Instructor), AY 2019-20
  • E Lit 395C: Shakespeare (Teaching Assistant), Spring 2019 (Instructor: Joseph Loewenstein)
  • E Lit 316W: Topics in American Literature: Girls’ Fiction (Teaching Assistant), Fall 2018 (Instructor: Amy Pawl)

Presentations and Talks

  • “So artfully planted”: Women’s Utopian Curation in Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall
  • “A wife ought to be obedient”: Women’s Self-Mastery in The Roaring Girl


  • Graduate Fellowship with the Washington University Writing Center, AY 2021- 22
  • Humanities Digital Workshop Summer Fellowship, 2019
    • The Gender Violence Database, Principal Investigator: Jami Ake

Departmental Activities

  • Graduate Advisory Panel Co-Convener, AY 2021-22
  • Dissertation Workshop Co-convener, AY 2021-22
  • Graduate Student Colloquium Organizer, 2017- 20
  • Gender Spectrum Newsletter Editor, AY 2018- 19

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