Darcy L. Brandel
Professor of English

About Me

Darcy Lee Brandel, Professor of English, is currently chair of the English and Modern Languages Department. In 2007, she led the charge to establish the first Women's Center on campus and now serves on its advisory board. She also served as coordinator of the English graduate program from 2011-2013 and secretary of the Faculty Assembly from 2008-2012. Her fields of interest include literature by women, multi-ethnic literature, comparative women's studies, critical theory, aesthetic theory, creative writing, Buddhism, and translation. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poetry.

  • Office: MC 262
  • Phone: (313) 927-1447
  • Email: dbrandel@marygrove.edu
Darcy L. Brandel Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Scholarship Award, Marygrove College, 2014-15 and 2016-17 

  • Sabbatical Leave Award, Marygrove College, 2014

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Marygrove College, 2011

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative women's studies

  • Critical theory

  • Contemporary literature

Research Projects

  • Feminist World-Making: Performative Reimaginings in the Work of Djuna Barnes. National Women's Studies Association Conference. Montreal, QC. 10-13 November 2016.

  • The Space between Pleasure and Pain: Deconstructed Binaries in Arielle Greenberg's Poetry. Women Writing Pleasure Conference. Liverpool, England. 03 July 2015.

  • Write Down Detroit: A Write-A-House Event Featuring Darcy L. Brandel and Morgan Willis. Poetry Reading at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Detroit, MI. 12 May 2015.


  • "'Come Choose the Terrible Choice': Negotiating Language and Violation in Arielle Greenberg's Poetry." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Forthcoming.

  • "Dreamscape: Sherlock" [poem] and Interview: Darcy L. Brandel. Driftwood Press4.1 (Winter 2016): 41-43.

  • Three poems by Moon Tae-jun [translation with Chae-Pyong Song] and Tribute to Chae-Pyong (J.P.) Song, 1960-2013. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation 23.1 (Spring 2015): 154-59.


  • BA, English, Allegheny College

  • MA, English, Syracuse University

  • PhD, English, Case Western Reserve University


  • ENG 260: Approaches to Literary Studies

  • ENG 314: Literary Theory and Criticism

  • ENG 370: Literature by Women

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