Brosnahan, Leger (Nicholas) 1929-

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BROSNAHAN, Leger (Nicholas) 1929-

PERSONAL: Born December 11, 1929, in Kansas City, MO; son of Earl F. (a contractor) and Helen Rose (Mottin) Brosnahan; married Irene Teoh, November 7, 1967; children: Leger Nicholas, Jr., Jennifer Ru-chiau. Ethnicity: "Irish-French." Education: Georgetown University, A.B., 1951; Harvard University, M.A., 1952, Ph.D., 1957. Politics: "Conservative." Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, gardening, reading.

ADDRESSES: Home—400 Augustine Way, Normal, IL 61761-3118. Office—Department of English, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4240; fax: 309-438-5414. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, instructor in English, 1957-61; University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, assistant professor of English, 1961-63; University of Maryland at College Park, assistant professor of English, 1965-68; Illinois State University, Normal, began as associate professor, became professor of English, 1968—. Worked as a foreign expert in China, 1980-82. Military service: U.S. Army, 1952-54; became sergeant.

MEMBER: Mediaeval Academy of America, Modern Language Association of America, National Association of Scholars, American Association of University Professors, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.

AWARDS, HONORS: Fulbright grants for France, 1963-65, Japan, 1968-70, and Russia, 1992-93.


Around the World in English, Kenkyusha, 1974.

Japanese and English Gesture, Taishukan, 1988.

Chinese and English Gesture, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 1988.

Standard American English Behavior, Dongwang Munhwasa, 1998.

Contributor of book reviews to periodicals, including Speculum.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Korean and English Gesture; research on Spanish and English gesture.

SIDELIGHTS: The author of several books intended to benefit students of English as a second language, Leger Brosnahan told CA that he was inspired to write after he made a trip to China without being able to speak Chinese.