Profile for Kate Parker

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Specialty area(s)

Restoration and Eighteenth-century European literature and culture; gender and sexuality studies

I am also a co-editor (with Miriam Wallace) of a book series in eighteenth-century literature and culture, published by Bucknell University Press with Rutgers University Press.

Brief biography

Director, UWL Institute for Social Justice (2018-2021)

Special Assistant to the Provost, Strategic Planning (2018-2020)

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2020:

ENG 311: Critical Theory


Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011

Research and publishing

My research centers on the literature of sensibility in the eighteenth century. I am particularly interested in how assumptions of (implicitly masculine) autonomy in the period become complicated by women writers and authors of erotic texts, who seek to understand autonomy as only possible through intimate relations with other beings and things.

Book manuscript (in progress): "Relational Selves: Gender, Translation, and the Question of Autonomy in the Eighteenth Century"

I have published two co-edited volumes with the Bucknell University Press, "Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered" (with Courtney Weiss Smith, 2013) and "Sade's Sensibilities" (with Norbert Sclippa, 2014) and essays on Sade, the poet James Thomson, the novelist Eliza Haywood, and the intersections of feminist criticism and translation theory.