Curriculum vitae (.pdf)
Dr. Becker-Leckrone joined the UNLV English Department in 1999. She taught previously at the University at Albany (SUNY Albany), San Diego State University, and the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in the history of critical theory and criticism, especially psychoanalytic, deconstructive, narrative, and feminist theory. Her other interests include late-Victorian literature and culture – decadence, aestheticism, “art for art’s sake” – particularly in the work of Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. Her current research seeks to understand the theories of representational art expounded by those authors, and also the voluminous store of unpublished (or little known) visual art of this period from illustrators such as Max Beerbohm, Aubrey Beardsley, and Mabel Dearmer. She is also interested in the book design and publishing practices of this era.
Since coming to UNLV, she has taught courses ranging from Romantic poetry, Victorian (non-fiction) prose, decadence and aestheticism, and Oscar Wilde to postmodernism and postructuralism. Dr. Becker-Leckrone has published essays in New Literary History, Modern Language Notes, and elsewhere. Her 2005 book, Julia Kristeva and Literary Theory (Palgrave) was judged the top 2004-5 publication of the College of Liberal arts research faculty, earning her the William Morris Award for Excellence in Research (2005). She has also received the Rita Deanin Abbey Teaching Award (2010) and the UNLV Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012).
Dr. Becker-Leckrone regularly teaches English 298: Writing About Literature, English 303: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism, English 422A: Special Topics in Theory, and a variety of courses in 19th-century literary studies – along with commensurate courses at the graduate level.