Dr. Kathryn Van Wert

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Professional Title
Assistant Professor, English Graduate Faculty, & Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Katie Van Wert joined UMD's English faculty after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) in 2012.  She has taught courses on modern American, British, and global Anglophone literature; critical theory; creative writing; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; and medical humanities.  Her research interests include transnational modernism, literatures of empire, poetry and poetics, and philosophies of human subjectivity.  Her current research is an interdisciplinary examination of theories of self as they have developed in literature, cultural studies, and materialist philosophy.  She advises various student groups at UMD, including The UMD-Duluth Storytelling Project (a volunteer collaboration between student writers and disabled adults) and the Literary Guild.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1001: Great American Authors
ENGL 1582: Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 1585: Australian and New Zealand Literature
ENGL 1801: American Gothic
ENGL 1666: Tales of Terror
ENGL 2581: Women Writers
ENGL 2922: The Art of Memoir: Reading and Writing the Memoir
ENGL 3115: Fiction Writing
ENGL 3564: American Literature II
ENGL 3573: Survey of African American Literature
ENGL 5375: Modern Poetry
ENGL 5584: Mapping Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 5741: The Novella
WGSS 3595: Feminism, Gender, & Medicine


"Elizabeth Bishop and the Mechanics of Poetic Pretence." Twentieth Century Literature.  Forthcoming, 2017. 

“The Matter with Becoming: Modernism and the Limits of Materialism.” Forthcoming in Affective Ecologies of the Modernist Body, eds. Kara Watts and Molly Hall. Forthcoming from University of Florida Press, 2017.

“Modernism and the Development of Postcolonial Aesthetics.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Vol 3, No. 5 (Fall 2015), pp. 125-133. 

“The Early Life of Septimus Smith.” Journal of Modern Literature, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Fall 2012), pp. 71-89.    

Review Essay. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics, edited by Diana Coole and Samantha Frost. Modern Language Studies Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 66-72.