John E. Brooks, S.J., Professor in the Humanities
Fields: Expository Writing; Theory and Practice of Rhetoric; American Literature to 1900; American Women's Literature, Jewish Literature
I am Distinguished Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, where I have taught since 1978. Here I founded and directed the Writer's Workshop (a peer tutoring facility), and a writing-across-the-curriculum program. I have also directed the College Honors and English Honors programs, chaired the English Department, and served as Speaker of the Faculty. I teach first-year academic writing (composition), rhetoric and public speaking, nineteenth-century American literature, women's literature, and Jewish literature.
My current research interests include linking religion and rhetoric in various ways. I am interested in women’s rhetoric, particularly in nineteenth-century America, and co-directed a workshop for the 2009 RSA Institute: "Women, Religion and Social Action, 1820-1940." Also, I am interested In Jewish rhetoric; see my essays on Nachmanides, listed on my c.v. I received a Masters in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College in June 2013. I am also interested in translingual rhetoric pedagogies and in global English as a phenomenon. I taught English at Sogang University in South Korean in 2011.
I live in Worcester, Massachusetts with my husband David Suhl. Please see my c.v. for a complete list of my publications, conference presentations, and awards.
- Composition- Negotiating Difference
- Composition - What's language got to do with it?
- Composition - Academic Writing
- Critical Reading and Writing: Nonfiction
- Jewish Literature of Exile and Return
- Seminar: Child, Stowe, Alcott
- Seminar: Liberal Arts, Leadership, and Social Changes
- Seminar: Feminist Rhetorical Theory