Dr. Katherine J. Weese

Dr. Katherine WeeseElliott Professor of English
Morton Hall, 020
(434) 223-6254


B.A. Williams College, English and History, 1987 Magna Cum Laude, Honors in English; M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English, 1988; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English, with a minor in film studies, 1993.


Teaching Interests

Contemporary fiction
Women's literature
American Literature
Literary Theory

Most Recent Publications

Fantastic Fictions: Women Writers' Narrative Structures and Supernatural Devices, 2008.

The Eyes in the Trees: Magical Realism and Transculturation in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Spring 2006.

The Invisible Woman: Narrative Strategies in Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries. Journal of Narrative Theory, Winter 2006.

Family Stories: Gender and Discourse in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. Narrative, January 2002.

Feminist Uses of the Fantastic in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea. Modern Fiction Studies, Fall 2001.

Normalizing Freakery: Katherine Dunn's Geek Love and the Female Grotesque. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Summer 2000.

Independence Fostering Community: The Benefits of an Independent Writing Program at a Small Liberal Arts College. (Co-authed with Elizabeth Deis and Lowell Frye). In the volume Field of Dreams, University of Utah Press, 2002.

Teaching Academic Literary: The Uses of Teacher-Research in Developing a Writing Program. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publisher. Co-editor and author of two chapters, 1999.

Work in Progress

"Detection, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: The Sense of an Ending in Julian Barnes's Arthur & George." Artice under consideration.

"Inventing, Revising, and Reinventing Women: the Feminist Fantastic in the Novellas of Steven Millhauser's Fiction." Article under consideration.

"(Mis)'Reading' Natalie: Cognitive Approaches to Christopher Nolan's Memento," article in preparation.

" 'Tu no eres nada de dominicano': Unnatural Narration and De-Naturalizing Gender Constructs in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Article in preparation.

Institutional Involvement

Committee on Professional Development 2008-2011 (Chair 2010-2011)
Honors Council 1996-2000; Director of Honors 2005-2008
Assessment Committee, 2005-2008, 2011-2014
Chair, Department of English, 2007-2010
Gender Issues Committee, 2000-2003
Director of Rhetoric Program, Jan 2001-June 2004
Lectures & Programs Committee 1996-1999
faculty advisor to English honorary society, Sigma Tau Delta, 1995-2006
Health Science Advisory Committee 1994-1999

Honors & Awards

Elliott Professorship, Hampden-Sydney College, 2003-present
Thomas Edward Crawley Award for Service to the College, May 2007
Teaching Fellow Award, UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences, 1993
Teaching Assistant Mentor Award for excellence in teaching and leadership, UW-Madison Department of English, 1992
Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Madison Graduate School, 1992

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association
Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Literature-Film Association