Catherine Ingrassia, PhD
Dean, College of Humanities & Sciences
Blanton House, 825 W. Franklin St., room 104
- PhD in English, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
- MA in English, University of Texas at Austin, 1987
- BA in Classics and English, Grinnell College, 1984
Catherine Ingrassia is a scholar of British literature and culture written between 1660 and 1820 – a period commonly referred to as “the long eighteenth century.”
She publishes and teaches with a focus on:
- the history of enslavement and captivity
- women writers (particularly from the first half of the eighteenth century)
- the history of authorship and print culture
- women's life writing
- the history of the London Stage
- Domestic Captivity and the Eighteenth-Century Subject, 1660–1750. University of Virginia Press, 2022.
- Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century ed. with Paula R. Backscheider. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009, hardcover and paperback.
- Anti-Pamela, by Eliza Haywood Broadview, 2004.
- Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England: A Culture of Paper Credit. Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback, 2005.
- Additional publications
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
- Aphra Behn Society
- Eliza Haywood Society
- Cultures of Captivity in the Long Eighteenth Century
- The London Stage 1660-1800
- Women Writers of the Eighteenth Century
- Eighteenth-Century Novels and Narratives
- Authorship in the Eighteenth Century
- Percy G. Adams Prize for Best Article published in year for “Queering Eliza Haywood,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 14.4 (2014): 9–24. Given by Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Innovative Course Design Competition Winner for “Cultures of Captivity” 2015/16
- VCU College of Humanities and Science Distinguished Service Award 2014
- Meet VCU's Authors: Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D. | “Domestic Captivity and the British Subject,” VCU Humanities Research Center, 3/27/2022
- New book on captivity in literature offers ‘a very different picture of England’ in 1600–1700s, VCU News, 7/1/2022