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Catherine E. Ingrassia


(804) 828-4463
Anderson House 202


BA Grinnell College
MA, PhD, University of Texas/Austin

Research/Teaching Focus

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British literature, women writers of the long eighteenth century


Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England: A Culture of Paper Credit. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998.

Editor, Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660–1789. Cambridge UP, 2015.

Editor, Anti-Pamela, by Eliza Haywood, and Shamela, by Henry Fielding, with a critical introduction and appendices. Broadview, 2004.

Ed. with Paula Backscheider. British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2009.

Ed. with Paula Backscheider. Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture. Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

Ed. with Claudia Thomas. “More Solid Learning”; New Perspectives on Pope’s Dunciad. Bucknell UP, 2000.

Recent/Selected Publications

Emma, Slavery, and Cultures of Captivity,” Persuasions 38 (2017), 95–106.

“Laetitia Pilkington, Elizabeth Thomas, and the Currency of the Book,” Women’s Writing 23.3 (2016): 1–13.

“Poems on the Sexes.” The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660–1800,
ed. Jack Lynch (Oxford University Press, 2016), 356–70.

“Women Writing About War,” Cambridge Companion to Women Writers of the Romantic Era, ed. by Devoney Looser (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 101114.

“Contesting ‘Home’ in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Verse,” Home and Nation in British Literature from the English to the French Revolutions ed. by A. D. Cousins (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 154168.

“‘Queering’ Eliza Haywood,” The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 14.4 (2014): 924. Winner of the Percy G. Adams Prize of the Southeastern American Society for 18th-century Studies for the best article on an 18th-century subject in 2014–15.

“Aphra Behn and the Profession of Writing in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century,” A Companion to British Literature, The Long Eighteenth Century, 16601830, ed. Robert De Maria (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014): 4961.

Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014

Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
JANUARY 14, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
JANUARY 20, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline
JANUARY 25, 2019

Spring Break
MARCH 3-10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
MARCH 22, 2019

Last Day of Classes
MAY 3, 2019



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