Mary Lenard

Associate Professor of English

Communication Arts 234

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

(262) 595-2644 or English dept. office (262) 595-2139

FAX: (262-595-2271


Mary Lenard has a B.A. from the University of Virginia (1989) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1996).  She taught for two years at Alma College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan, arrived at UW-Parkside in 1998, and has been teaching happily ever since then.  Her primary interest is in 19th Century British Literature, and she regularly teaches the British Literature 1800-1920 survey course (English 217), as well as 300 and 400 level classes like ENGL 312 British Novel, ENGL 416 Major British Authors, ENGL 417 Studies in British Literature.  Examples of past upper level courses include: Novels of Development by 19th Century Women Writers, the Country and the City in 19th Century British Literature, the Brontës, the Brownings, Jane Austen's World, Dickens and His Times, the Romantic Period, Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism, British Women Novelists, the Idea of the Detective, Novels into Film, Gender in Children's Literature, Children's Fantasy Literature, British Children's 'Classics,' and Young Adult Literature. 

Dr. Lenard also has taught writing courses: Fundamentals of English (English 100) and Composition and Reading (English 101), and occasionally Advanced Composition (English 201). Now serving as the department's Composition Director, she also teaches the ENGL 489 Teaching Composition course.

Dr. Lenard's first book, Preaching Pity: Dickens, Gaskell, and Sentimentality in Victorian Culture (1999), was on sentimentalism and social reform in the Victorian period. Her current project is on the issue of women and power in British and American children's fantasy literature during the struggle for women's suffrage (1848-1920).

Dr. Lenard's standard poodle, Bingley, chilling at the beach on Kiawah Island, SC in May 2010. Bingley is universally acknowledged to be the cutest, friendliest puppy in the world! (Dr. Lenard is only mildly prejudiced about her dog.) Anyone recognize the source of Bingley's name? Anyone?



Bingley loves riding in the car, playing at the Petrifying Springs dog park (located conveniently close to UWP), and meeting new people. He therefore loves paying occasional visits to the English Department, so watch out!
This is Dr. Lenard's brown tabby cat, Daisy. Daisy refuses to look directly at the camera. And, for reasons known only to herself, she likes to take naps in Bingley's crate!


Dr. Lenard's favorite Links:

Victoria Research Web:

Measuring Worth (calculates the purchasing power of the British pound in different time periods):

Victorian Web (background information resource on the Victorian period):

Romantic Circles (peer-reviewed web site on the Romantic period):

Children's Literature Association:

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE):

Modern Language Association:

Purdue Online Writing Lab: