Katherine Charles

Assistant Professor of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature


Professor Charles’s primary field is transatlantic literature of the long eighteenth-century, with a special focus on the novel and women’s writing. She completed her dissertation, “Idle Stories: Interpolated Tales and the Anglophone Novel, 1740-1800,” at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016. Her project argues that interpolated tales, or intact tales within a tale, had a crucial role to play in teaching early novel readers the concept of fictionality and in shaping how novels treated difference, especially across the social boundaries of gender, class, and race.  


University of California, Los Angeles (PhD)

University of Cambridge (MPhil)

Princeton (AB)


ENG 394: Special Topics, Jane Austen Inc.

ENG 394: The Rise of the Novel, and its Discontents

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