Brooke Allen


Allen is the author of four books: Twentieth Century Attitudes: Literary Powers in Uncertain Times (named a New York Times Notable Book); Artistic License: Three Centuries of Good Writing and Bad Behavior; Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, a study of the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of the American Founders, and a travel book, The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels in Syria. She is currently co-editing a collection of author Terry Southern’s letters with Nile Southern, forthcoming in late 2014, and writing a biography of Benazir Bhutto for Amazon’s new ICONS series, to be published in 2015. Allen’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, and other publications. Allen was a visiting faculty member for spring 2011 and then joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2011.
Office: Barn 246
Office Hours: by appointment


Recent Courses:

Fall 2014:
The Comedy of Manners
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Public Action
Swift and Pope

Spring 2014:
Voltaire and Rousseau
Hans Christian Andersen