About Leonora Woodman
Leonora Woodman came to Purdue in 1976. In 1979, she became Director of Composition, a position she held until 1986. Professor Woodman represented the breadth of interests and inquiry in contemporary English studies. During her tenure, she played a central role in the department's Rhetoric and Composition graduate program, helping to shape the program's early course offerings and regularly teaching in it.
She also taught and published in American Literature and American Studies. Her first book, Stanza My Stone: Wallace Stevens and the Hermetic Tradition, appeared in 1983. At the time of her death in 1991, she was in the midst of an important work on modernist poetry, Literary Modernism and the Fourth Dimension: The Visionary Poetics of D.H. Lawrence, H.D., and Hart Crane.