Katherine Charles

  • Associate Professor of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature

Katherine Charles

Katherine Charles


Office Hours

M 2:30-4:30, W: 12:30-1, and by appointment.

I teach and study transatlantic literature of the long eighteenth century, with a special focus on the history of the novel and gender studies.

My book project, Losing the Plot: Interpolated Tales and the Eighteenth-Century Novel, explores how early novels experimented with telling stories within stories, seemingly throwaway tales that raise questions about what to do with extra plots and perspectives that might otherwise not matter.



PhD: University of California, Los Angeles, 2016

MPhil: University of Cambridge, 2003

BA: Princeton University, 2002


Review of British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. Amanda Hiner and  Elizabeth Tasker Davis. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 35.4 (2023): 544–546. 

“‘To Consort with Eccentricities:’ Edith Sitwell’s Eighteenth Century,” Modern Language  Quarterly 83:3 (September 2022): 245–274.

“Speaking Across: Literary Form and Speech in Obi; Or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack” (forthcoming), The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 62.1 (Spring 2021).  

“Meeting Me: Charles Dickens’s Moments of Self-Encounter,” Dickens Studies Annual 49.1 (March 2018): 47–69.

“Staging Sociability in The Excursion: Frances Brooke, David Garrick, and the King’s Theatre Coterie,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27.2 (Winter 2015): 257–284.


ENG 394: Special Topics, Jane Austen Inc.

ENG 394: The Rise of the Novel and its Discontents

ENG 320: The Eighteenth Century: Oriental Tales

ENG 323: The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Horror, at Home and Abroad

ENG 320: The Eighteenth Century: “Lost at Sea”

ENG 207: Introduction to British Literature and Culture I

ENG 208: Introduction to British Literature and Culture II

ENG 101: Literature and Composition, “Americans in Paris”

FYS: Jane Austen and Fan Culture