Professor Katherine Binhammer teaches and researches eighteenth-century literature, feminist studies, narrative theory and critical finance studies in the Department of English and Film Studies. Her recently published monograph, Downward Mobility: The Form of Capital in the Sentimental Novel (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020), reads stories of loss in the late-eighteenth century for the way their narrative structure takes the form of capital. She has previously published The Seduction Narrative in Britain, 1747-1800 (Cambridge, 2009), and essays in venues such as Narrative, The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain:1660-1789, Feminist Studies, GLQ, Women’s Studies, ELH, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Studies in the Novel and The Journal of the History of Sexuality. She is currently Literary Director of The Orlando Project: Feminist Literary History and Digital Humanities as well as co-author of "A Feminist Literary History of Women's Writing in the British Isles, Orlando Volume One: The Beginnings to 1800".
I regularly teach undergraduate courses in eighteenth-century British literature, narrative theory, creative non-fiction, and gender and sexuality studies. Recent graduate courses include "Capitalist Realism: 1713-2013", "The Global Eighteenth Century" and "The Cultural Politics of Jane Austen: Then and Now." In all of my teaching, I see the classroom as a generative space of intellectual engagement, one where the curiosity to understand literature collectively hones critical thinking skills. Teaching, for me, is a collaborative hermeneutical journey into the pleasures of the literary text.
Selected works by women writers in English before the twentieth century. Content and period focus may vary. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in former ENGL 390.Fall Term 2020