Dr. Brenda Ayres

Professor of English
Assistant Honors Director

(434) 582-2779

    Dr. Brenda Ayres

An assistant director of LU's Honors Program, a full professor in the Department of English, and a member of the Graduate Faculty, Dr. Ayres also directs Honors theses, M.A. English theses, and Ed.D. dissertations.  She has presented papers at over 100 conferences and events; and published widely in 18th and 19th-century British scholarship, including twenty-three books and over 150 articles to date.  Additionally, she is LU's Editor-in-Chief of The Kabod, Honorable Mention, and Montview.  Dr. Ayes is a member of The Well, a nondenomational church in Forest.


Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, with a subspecialty in nineteenth-century American women’s novels, University of Southern Mississippi, 1992.
M.A. in Creative Writing, University of South Alabama, 1986.
B.A. in English/Creative Writing, University of South Alabama, 1985.

Courses Taught

EDUC 990 Dissertation Research and Proposal
EDUC 989 Dissertation Defense
ENGL 690 Thesis Defense
ENGL 689 Thesis Proposal and Research
ENGL 654 Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
ENGL 607 Teaching Composition
ENGL 554 Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (online)
ENGL 515 Studies in British Literature: Victorian, Romantic
ENGL 512 Seminar in British Authors: George Eliot, Brontë Sisters, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens
ENGL 503 Research and Bibliography
HONR 495 Senior Honors Thesis
ENGL 433 Literary Criticism
ENGL 416 Creative Writing
ENGL 415 Diversity: Women's Literature, Irish Literature
ENGL 414 Genre: English Novel, American Domestic Novel, Victorian Gothic
ENGL 413 Period: Victorian, English Romanticism
ENGL 412 Author: Dickens, Brontë Sisters, Jane Austen, George Eliot
ENGL 350 Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL 216 English Literature II (including Honors)
ENGL 215 English Literature I
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature (including Honors)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric (including Honors)


Inclusion into Contemporary Authors (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group), 2015.

LU Employee of the Month, LU 2013.

Faculty Row Super Professor, 2012.

Cambridge Who's Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2011.

The Payne-Rowlette Memorial Award, 2011.

Research Leave/Course Reduction at LU, 2010-2011.

Sutton Who's Who in Academia, 2010-2011.

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Empire Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Education, 2006.

Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) College Teacher of 1997.

South Atlantic Association of Departments of English Outstanding Teacher of 1995.

Most Recent Book Publications

Wollstonecraft's War with Womanhood. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

The Hall of Mirrors: Multi-biographical Transfigurations of Bristish Women Writers During the Long Nineteenth Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

The Life and Works of Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, 1835-1909. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.

The Widow and Wedlock Novels of Frances Trollope. 4 vols. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011.

Ed., notes, and introd. Kith and Kin. By Jessie Fothergill. 1881. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010.

Conference Presentations

"Against the Flow and Dared to Say So: Jessie Fothergill's Challenge to Marriage Plot Novels." The International Centre for Victorian Women Writers conference, on Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1860s and 1870s. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, July 7, 2015.

""'Accountable Beings' and Biblical Authority in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman." Spiritual Matters/Matters. The 33rd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. Asheville, NC. 22 Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation.

"'Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth' and Dickens' Theology." Dickens: Past and Present. Victorians Institute Conference. Myrtle Beach, NC. 21-22 Oct. 2011. Conference Presentation. Also Moderator for "Crime and Criminology" Panel.

"Gothecclesiology: Adaptability and the Vernacular in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral." Victorian Forms and Formations. British Association for Victorian Studies 2010 Conference.  University of Glasgow. 2 Sept. 2010. Conference Presentation.

"'Under the Hill': The Man Question' in the New Women Novels of Corelli, Fothergill, and Linskill." Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle International Conference. University of London. 28 June, 2010.


Editor-in-Chief of Montview: Liberty University Journal of Undergraduate Research Symposium and Journal

Member of English Faculty Research Lecture Series

Member of Liberty University Fulbright Committee

Director of Ed.D. dissertations

Assistant Director of the Honors Program

Editor-in-Chief of two Honors journals: The Kabod and Honorable Mention.

Former Chair to the Graduate Senate and GS Executive Committee

Former Chair GS Committee on Graduate Faculty Professional Development and Welfare

Originator of Liberty’s literary magazine, Lamplight

Co-Coordinator of the Quatercentennial Celebration of the KJV Bible Conference
Former Co-organizer of LU's Annual Civil War Seminar

Coordinator of the Literature and Christianity Conference
Digital Commons Editor for the Dept. of English

Led students on tour of the UK for 16 years