Cristina V. Bruns

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Room: M-Building, M-204
Phone: (718) 482-5940

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


  • Ph.D. in English and Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in English, Northwestern University
  • B.A. in English, Wheaton College

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Cristina V. Bruns

Areas of Expertise or Research

  • The experience of fiction and its effects
  • The value of literary reading
  • Pedagogy of literature


Cristina Vischer Bruns’ scholarship focuses on the experience of reading fiction and its effects, and on the pedagogy of literature. She is the author of the book Why Literature? The Value of Literary Reading and What It Means for Teaching, published by Bloomsbury (formerly Continuum). Her other publications include the following:

  • “Learning Fiction’s Importance from Students in an English Classroom.” Deep Reading, Deep Learning. Patrick Sullivan, Howard Tinberg, and Sheridan Blau (eds.), Peter Lang Publishing, 2023.
  • “A Self Enlarged by Fiction.” The Cultural Sociology of Reading: The Meaning of Readings and Books across the World, Angélica Thumala Olave (ed.), Palgrave MacMillan, 2022.
  • “Stinging or Soothing: Trigger Warnings, Fanfiction, and Reading Violent Texts.” Journal of Aesthetic Education. Fall 2021.
  • “Reading Readers: Living and Leaving Fictional Worlds.” Narrative. October 2016.
  • “Immersion, Transformation, and the Literature Class.” Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Winter 2012.