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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Lynne Bruckner

Lynne Bruckner

Professor of English
Joined Chatham : 1994

Academic Areas of Interest

Early modern literature, especially Shakespeare; Ecocritical and ecofemnist approaches to literary and cultural texts.

Personal Areas of Interest

Dressage, Organic Gardening, Keeping Chickens, and Pottery.


Lynne Bruckner teaches in both the BA and MFA programs in English, and coordinates Women's Studies. She has been a faculty member at Chatham University since 1994. Her courses range from British I, to Women in Science Fiction, Ecofeminist Literature, and Ecocritical Shakespeare. Lynne has published on Chaucer, Sidney, Shakespeare, Jonson, Cavendish, Atwood, Bambi and Finding Nemo. Dr. Bruckner's work reflects on the historicity of emotion, constructions of gender, the nexus between the human and more than human worlds, and environmental degradation.


  • Ph.D., Literatures in English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., 1997
  • M.A., Literatures in English, Rutgers University
  • B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, cum laude, high departmental honors in English, 1987


  • Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Literature: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching, Eds. Lynne Bruckner, Jen Munroe, and Ed Geisweidt (forthcoming Ashgate).
  • "Consuming means soon preys upon itself": Political Expedience and Environmental Degradation in Richard II" in Shakespeare and the Urgency of Now, Eds. Cary DiPietro and Hugh Grady (forthcoming 2013).
  • "Teaching Shakespeare in the Ecotone" in Ecocritical Shakespeare, Eds. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton.
  • Ecocritical Shakespeare, Eds. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton, Ashgate Press, 2011.
  • Grief and Gender: 700-1700. Eds. Jennifer C. Vaught with Lynne Dickson Bruckner.
  • “A Sense of Wonder in the Wonderful World of Disney?: Ecocriticism, Bambi, and Finding Nemo" in Framing the World. Ed. Paula Willoquet, UVA Press.
  • "Let Grief Convert to Anger’: Authority and Affect in Macbeth” in Macbeth: New Critical Essays. Ed. Nicholas Moschovakis, Routledge.
  • “Surfacing in the Ecofeminist Classroom.” Atlantis: a Women’s Studies Journal.
  • "Ben Jonson’s Branded Thumb and the Print of Textual Paternity” in Parenting and Printing. Ed. Douglas A. Brooks, Ashgate.
  • “Deflection in the Mirror: Feminine Discourse in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 1993.
  • “Sidney’s Grotesque Muse: Fictional Excess and the Feminine in the Arcadias.” Renaissance Papers, 1992.


  • Jane Burger Advising Award, 2007-2008


  • Modern Language Association
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Rensaissance Society of America
  • Shakespeare Association of America


  • Buhl Professorship, Chatham College, 2005-2006
  • NEH summer stipend, Habits of Reading Seminar, Folger Shakespeare Library, summer 1997
  • NEH focus grant participant, Greening the Humanities, Chatham College, summer 1996
  • Spenser L. Eddy Award for best-published essay, Rutgers, 1994
  • Spenser L. Eddy Award for best-published essay, Rutgers, 1993
  • Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University Graduate School, 1991-1992
  • Twice named to Who’s Who in America’s Teachers (1998, 2004)


  • "Trans-corporeality in The Rape of Lucrece," Shakespeare Assoc. of America, 2013.
  • "Titus Andronicus and the Failures of Ecological Reciprocity," Shakespeare Association of America, 2012.
  • "Human Humus," World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, 2011.
  • 'No Island is a Fortress: Ecocriticism and Richard II," ISLE, June 2009
  • “Flora’s Flowers and Fruitful Bowers: Nature’s Arranged Marriage,” Shakespeare Assoc. of America, 2008.