Katherine Thorpe

B.A. Wesleyan University (2006)
M.F.A. The University of Iowa (2009)

Kate joined the Princeton English Department in 2013. Her dissertation seeks to reexamine the trope of personification in eighteenth-century poetry from Milton to Wordsworth as a practice both of empirical investigation and hermeneutic interpretation. Her broader interests include poetic form and figuration; characters and persons, including distinctions of gender, race, and animal species; abstraction and materiality; theories of artifice, mechanism, and prosthesis; and figures of nature in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic literature and philosophy.

Kate co-organizes events for the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies colloquium, and is currently the research assistant for the Global Enlightenment Project led by Professors Sophie Gee and Sarah Rivett. 

Kate’s research interests are closely intertwined with her own poetic work. Prior to beginning her doctoral research, she investigated the repurposing of post-industrial spaces for artistic uses in Germany on a Creative Writing Fulbright Fellowship, research that has directly informed her interest in eighteenth-century and Romantic aesthetic theory. A two-year Teagle Fellowship in the Writing Programs at Wesleyan University  significantly deepened her focus on the practices and theories of teaching literature and writing.

Preceptor: ENG 386: Literature and Environment