Associate Professor of English & Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program
Office: WC 253
Phone: (405) 208-5178
Classics of Western Culture, Composition, Western Literature, World Literature, Values and Culture
Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Bennett's standard line about why she became an English Studies professor: "I wanted to get paid to read." She loves to read, especially novels and well-crafted student work. Early modern British literature and women’s studies are her specialties, although she dabbles in eco-criticism, Marxist and feminist criticism, plus some gender studies. Her latest teaching passion is World Literature, an expansive introduction to all literatures at all times. While the reading is a bit heavy, the insight into other cultures and other times is fascinating. We start with the first known written epic, Gilgamesh, written about 5,000 years ago, and end with Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, a scathing critique of colonialism. Exposure to the values expressed in the literatures of other cultures forces us to question our own beliefs and be more aware of why we adhere to our values.
Advisor to Humanities Majors; Interim Director of the University Honors Program; Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program