Professor Brandie Siegfried has agreed to take time from her busy writing schedule to guest blog for a couple of weeks. She is a professor in the English Department at BYU, teaching Renaissance literature, early modern women writers, gender studies, and Irish literary history. She did her Ph.D. work at Brandies University and has been at BYU since 1993. Brandie is very athletic (something that I overlook because I have considerable respect for her) and she, Renata Forste (Sociology, BYU), and I will be teaching in BYU’s London Study Abroad program in the Fall of 2005.
(If you know those who would be interested in the program, have them contact one of us. We will send specific information. We are especially interested in finding men who will apply because, for a variety of reasons, few men do, but that notice is not meant to discourage women from applying.)
So, how bad are the politics in the department now?
I used to read the papers Dr. Siegfried had on her door all the time when I was waiting to go into Don Norton’s office or David Cowles’s office. I never had the privilege of taking a class from Dr. Siegfried … but I actually stopped in and consulted with her a few times about some literature questions I had. I’m trying to remember now what I was asking but it’s been so many years …
It’s good to see your her name again and I look forward to reading her posts. Welcome!
By the way Dr. Siegfried … I have a minor he/she/their grammar post on my blog because I have been habitually using “their” and “them” as a genderless singular for a long time now .. despite the fact that I’ve been told it’s wrong. Any chance you could give a recalcitrant English major (B.A.) some contemporary guidance on this question? Can I continue to get away with this or am I going to have to change?
Hmmm. If Brandie Siegfried went to Brandies University, shouldn’t we spare her an apostrophe and make it Brandie’s University.
Justice Louis Brandeis might object, though. :)
she, Renata Forste (Sociology, BYU), and I will be teaching in BYUâ€™s London Study Abroad program in the Fall of 2005.
Statements like this always make me regret leaving my academic training for a legal career. I am a sinner (I have real problems with “thou shalt not covet”)!
Welcome Dr. Siegfried! I was in one of your first classes at BYU. I look forward to reading your posts.
In fall 1993, in her first semester as a professor at BYU, Brandie taught a critical writing class for English majors that I took. Brandie is one of the best professors I had at BYU, and the department is lucky to have her. In addition, I met my wife Jennie Holman in the class! So we love Brandie.
I didn’t know you were on T and S! I am one of Jennie’s old friends. I remember spending long afternoons in Jerusalem with Jennie listening to her talk about you as we ate pomegranates off the trees on our balcony overlooking the Old City. Hope you both are well.
Brandie is one of my heroes. Rarely does one meet such an articulate, passionate and insightful person who has such interesting things to say on such a variety of topics. I loved her class at BYU and am looking forward to reading her posts.
Liesl: I didn’t realize that you read T&S. Cool! Say hi to Sarah and Yeast Boy for me!
Can you post anything about the tenure denial matter that hit BYU’s English department?
Are the issues of social class and personality still as extreme?
Sheesh, the things people will ask of complete strangers.