Jessica Brophy, PhD

Adjunct Instructor of English

Jessica Brophy


Carnegie 407


  • PhD in English, Morgan State University
  • MA in English, William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • BS in Communications, Liberty University

Experience and Background

  • 2013-present, Adjunct Instructor of English, Lynchburg College
  • 2012-2013, Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College
  • 2008-2012 Adjunct English Instructor, Lynchburg College
  • 2010-2012 Adjunct English Instructor, Central Virginia Community College
  • 2007-2008 Adjunct English Instructor, Stevenson University
  • 2004-2005 Adjunct English Instructor, Middlesex County College
  • 2004-2005 Adjunct English Instructor, Union County College

Dr. Brophy takes great delight in words and loves to spread this giddiness for language with her students. She believes learning can be fun, inspiring, and lead to a life of empowerment, confidence, and compassion. She is a poet who writes about family quirks, nature’s luster, childhood foods, the body, and impressions left by the places she has lived in or visited. She also feels compelled to write scholarship about poetry – whether it be finding clusters of imagery, tragic humor, a recurring symbol, a new theoretical reading, or the “golden nugget” as Virginia Woolf would have it. Her current research from The Naked Sublime uses the poetry of Sharon Olds as an impetus for a new reading of the sublime, one that counters the trend within the discourse to define the concept as either masculine or feminine.

She welcomes you to stop by and chat with her about your journey – any academic pursuits, your cosmic worries, how to discover your writing voice or find the right word, or if you just need a good book recommendation!

Professional affiliations

  • Contemporary Women’s Writing Network
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Modern Language Association
  • The Thoreau Society

Teaching and Research Interests


Composition I and II (LCSR, Writing about Literature, Writing from Sources), Literature and Culture II, American Literature Survey, Introduction to Business and Technical Writing, Senior Symposium

Research interests

Romanticism, Feminist Criticism, Aesthetics and Gender, American and African-American Female Poetry

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations


  • “When the Song in a Swan Song Falls Silent: A Look at the Vanishing Black Song in Cane.” Literary Horizons 1 (2007): 73-83.
  • “Paulette Childress White.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 2007.
  • “The Recognition of Racism in a Language of ‘Race’.” Summer 2002. Burning Leaf: A Website of Contemporary Writing and Art.

Creative Nonfiction

  • “Family Secret.” Urbanite. December (2005): 17.


  • forthcoming “A Quiet Laboring.” The Penwood Review. Spring (2013).
  • forthcoming “Jealousy.” Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: A Taste of Literary Elegance. Ed. Monika Rose. San Andreas, CA: Manzanita Writers Press, 2012.  Print.
  • “Collaborating with Whitman (or A Super Duper Elucidation of His Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855))” Polis: Journal of Literature and Art. 10 Spring (2012). Print.
  • “My Mother.” The Cherry Blossom Review. Winter (2008): 7. Print.
  • “his back.” Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature. 19 Spring (2008): 34. Print.


  • May 2012, “All Questions Are Not Equal: Helping Students Craft Questions Worthy of Dialogue in a COI,” LC Symposium Readings Pre-Service Workshop, Lynchburg, VA.
  • March 2012, “Teaching the Gendered Sublime to First-Year Writers,” Conference for Gender, Bodies, and Technology Initiative at Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA.
  • March 2011, “Overcoming Daughter Exposure by the Mother: How Olds Transcends the Cycle of Mother-Daughter Abuse in Her ‘Feminine’ Sublime,” LC English Festival, Lynchburg, VA.
  • February 2011, “Sharon Olds and the Maternal Sublime: Undermining the Myth of Motherhood,” Prof. Bryant’s English 112 class, Lynchburg, VA.
  • July 2010, “The Gender-Sharing Sublime and the Crisis of Love,” Contemporary Women’s Writing Network, San Diego, CA.
  • March 2007, “The Death (and Restoration) of Postcolonial Criticism to Soyinka’s Reader,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • March 2007, “The Power of Language: The Moon as Sublime Symbol and Literal Object in the Writing of Dorothy and William Wordsworth,” College English Association (Middle Atlantic Group), Rockville, MD.
  • October 2006, “Limitations of Tolerance: The Failure of the Church in Mary Shelley’s Fiction,” Northeast Region Conference on Christianity and Literature, Brooklyn, NY.

Personal Information

Growing up as a middle child twin with seven siblings, Dr. Brophy’s first and most significant learning environment was the home. She learned how to share, how to communicate, how to be disciplined, and how to love. Every moment for her mother was a “teaching moment” – her ferocity for everlasting learning has motivated Dr. Brophy to educate herself about issues in global societies and cultures, particularly about spirituality, religion, and the human rights of women. Living in a large family can also be quite loud and overwhelming. Thus, today Dr. Brophy is determined to find a life in which she works towards peacefulness in her soul, beauty and flavor on the plate during mealtimes, and a strengthening of the body that uplifts her spirits.