|Dr. Rebbecca Brown graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 as a literary generalist with a Ph.D. in creative writing. Her areas of interest include literary theory, twentieth century American literature and creative writing pedagogy. For the past four years, she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Hunter College, New York. Her scholarly work examines the various economic, social and historical factors that enable, inform and determine the construction of authorship and the subsequent production and consumption of texts. Her research interests are primarily how post-structuralist theories inform innovative and often self-reflexive constructions of authorship. Dr. Brown’s dissertation, a novel that fictionalizes the life of a writer named Delia Bacon, an American scholar of the mid-eighteen hundreds who was the first to propose multiple authorship of the Shakespearean works, explores the ways in which texts covertly grant authority by virtue of a complicated network of indeterminate and oft-concealed influences. This novel, entitled They Become Her, won Honorable Mention in the 2009-2010 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Contest.
As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Brown will investigate the construction of authorship and development of narrative by examining how the rishis, divinely inspired poet-sages and authors of the Vedic hymns, established authority through a unique perceptual access to truths that lay beyond the material world. This work also explores how authorship shifted during the Post-Vedic age of the Upanishads due to an emphasis on disciple-guru relationships for the transmission of esoteric knowledge. Her project will also consider how a body of religious texts richly influenced by mnemonic tradition has contributed to the changing and multifarious development of authorship throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.