Dr. Muriel Brown
I began teaching at NDSU in the fall of 1974, and am currently an Associate Professor. Both my masterís and doctorate degrees are from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where I specialized in Medieval Literature, focusing especially on Chaucer.
Fall Semester 2012, I am teaching English 315 (British Literature I), a course that attempts to cover the beginning of English Literature until the end of the Eighteenth Century, a whirlwind course that should help students identify specific areas that they would like to study in greater depth. In addition, I am teaching a section of English 121 (Honors Composition II). This course asks students to read and discuss a variety of novels and plays, and to write papers based on the topics they have researched.
My research includes work on Chaucer, especially The Canterbury Tales, as well as other medieval works. In addition, through my teaching, I have developed a special interest in women writers, a specialty that wasnít available at the time I did my graduate work. In fact, it has been fascinating to watch the number of courses devoted to women writers increase and to watch courses change as women writers are added to syllabi here at NDSU.