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Helen B. Brooks

B. A. English, San Francisco State University, 1968
M. A. English, San Francisco State University, 1971
Ph.D. English and Humanities, Stanford, 1980
Dissertation Title
"This Dialogue of One": John Donne and the Genre of the Dramatic Monologue
Helen B. Brooks
At Stanford Since: 1980


Earned a Joint Ph.D. in English and Humanities at Stanford in 1980. Publications on John Donne; on the poetry of John Donne and Adrienne Rich (a commissioned article in The John Donne Journal, Vol. 26, 2007); on the poetry of John Donne and the modern stone lithographs of June Wayne in The John Donne Journal, Vol. 28, 2009; on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and Early Modern poetry; on the poetry of John Davies of Hereford for the Dictionary of Literary Biography; and served as a Contributing Editor for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne: The Holy Sonnets, Vol. 7 published by Indiana University Press, 2005. Teaching includes courses on John Donne, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Early Modern women's literature, literature and gender, Renaissance/Early Modern poetry, Renaissance/Early Modern intellectual and cultural history, theoretical approaches to literature. Other research and teaching interests include interdisciplinarity; literature and the advent of mathematical perspective; reception theory (including cognitive studies, the neurosciences and literary and artistic forms); evolutionary theory and literature; modern poetry; and drama.  Appointed to the Affiliated Faculty for the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford (2010-present).  Elected as an officer and Executive Committee member of The John Donne Society in 2005.  Re-elected to The John Donne Society Executive Committee for 2011-2013. Appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the academic journal: Forum on Public Policy, published by Oxford Round Table and the University of Oxford (2005-present).  Elected to Marquis Who's Who of American Women (2007-2014) and to Who's Who in America (2008-2014). Recipient in February, 2010 of The John Donne Society Distinguished Service Award; Received The Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at Stanford (1994).