Dr. Brodey's courses in Comparative Literature include:

  • Global Jane Austen
  • Literary Landscapes
  • Approaches to Comparative Literature
  • Cross-Currents in East-West Literature
  • Cowboys, Samurai, Rebels in Film and Fiction
  • Almost Despicable Heroines; The Feast in Film, Philosophy, and Fiction
  • Asian Food Rituals
  • Narrative Silence
Several of these courses are cross-listed with Asian studies. READ MORE >


Dr. Brodey’s book Ruined by Design: Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility (Routledge, 2008; paperback 2012) draws on fictional narratives, landscape architecture, discussions of ‘natural’ language, guides to rhetoric, philosophical writings, and other aspects of the culture of sensibility in England, France, and Germany, to offer a new synthesis of its literary and material culture. Ruined by Design reveals a widespread discomfort with authorship and authority in general, which led to innovative new structures in the fledging novel, as well as in landscape gardens and their architecture. Ruined by Design won the 2009 SAMLA Studies Book Award.

Her Rediscovering Natsume Sôseki (Global Press, 2000) includes the first English translation of Sôseki’s Mankan Tokoro Dokoro (Travels through Manchuria and Korea), co-translated from Japanese with Sammy Tsunematsu.

Other publications include articles and book essays on Jane Austen, Laurence Sterne, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and Natsume Sôseki.

Her current research is on connections between Meiji Japan and post-Enlightenment Europe, particularly involving changes in the understanding of the novel as a genre and the connection between Natsume Sôseki and Jane Austen. She also is working on a book-length manuscript entitled Cowboys and Samurai: Authority, Nation-Making, and Individualism, as well as a separate project on the cultural currency of Jane Austen in Asia.


Dr. Brodey’s awards include a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1988-1993), a Jacob M. Javitz Fellowship, a Fulbright-DAAD Fellowship (1987-88), and Earhart Fellowships (1993, 1997, 2008).

At UNC, she has won a Spray-Randleigh Faculty Fellowship (2003), a Brandes Honors Curriculum Development Award, a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2006), a Chapman Family Teaching Excellence Fellowship at IAH (2010), and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Colorado College (2015).
Other awards include:

  • Bank of America distinguished term professorship (2012-2017)
  • Recipient of Wells Fund for Faculty Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences (2010)
  • SAMLA Studies Award for the Best Scholarly Book of 2008-2009
Dr. Brodey has been named one of the top 100 notable professors at research universities nationwide by Online PhD program.


University of Chicago
Committee on Social Thought: Ph.D., December 1993: “A Rhetoric of Silence: Self-Representation and the Distrust of Words in the Novel of Sensibility”
Committee on Comparative Studies in Literature: M.A., August 1991: “The Rhetoric of Ruins: Fragmentation in Goethe and Sterne”

Middlebury College
Summer 1989, Advanced Japanese intensive course

Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, West Germany
1987-1988; DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) year studying German literature, philosophy, and anthropology

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
1985-1986, Japanese language and literature

The Colorado College
B.A., summa cum laude, May 1987; Major: Honors in Liberal Arts & Science (Comparative Literature and Political Philosophy): “Rebellion, Irony and Conversation: Camus, Mann, and Oakeshott and their Reactions to the Conflict of Reason and Tradition in the Twentieth Century”; Minor: East Asian Studies

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