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Katie Van Wert - Department of English

Prof. Kathryn Van Wert

Assistant Professor
EduE 171

About me

Katie Van Wert joined UMD's English faculty after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2012. She has taught courses on modern and contemporary literature, creative writing, film, women's studies, and medical humanities. Her research interests include twentieth-century American, British, and Anglophone literatures, transatlantic modernism, poetry and poetics, post-colonialism and literatures of empire, and gender theory. Her current book project considers the relationship between traumatic history and psycho-linguistic processes in the modern literature most emblematically associated with military and imperial violence, including works by T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop, and J. M. Coetzee. She advises various student groups at UMD, including The UMD-Duluth Storytelling Project and the Literary Guild.

Recent publications Courses

"The Early Life of Septimus Smith." Journal of Modern Literature 36:1 (Fall 2012)

“The New Materialist Me.” Modern Language Studies 43.2 (Winter 2014)

  • English 1001: Great American Authors
  • English 1801: American Gothic
  • English 1666: Tales of Terror
  • English 2581: Women Writers
  • English 2922: The Art of Memoir: Reading and Writing the Memoir
  • English 3115: Writing Fiction
  • English 3573: Survey of African American Literature
  • English 5375: Modern Poetry
  • English 5584: Mapping Postcolonial Literature
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