Dr. Katherine J. Weese

Dr. Katherine WeeseElliott Professor of English
Morton Hall, 025
(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

"'Tu no eres nada de dominicano': Unnatural Narration and De-Naturalizing Gender Constructs in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Journal of Men's Studies, Winter/Spring 2014. 

"The Eyes in the Trees: Magical Realism and Transculturation in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible." Chapter from Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 346, 2014.

Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels. Monograph. 2008.

"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. [Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 171, 2006.]

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

Article on the intersections of theories of the fantastic, magic realism and unnatural narrative theory.

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

"Inventing, Revising, and Reinventing Women: the Feminist Fantastic in the Novellas of Steven Millhauser." 

"(Mis)Reading Natalie:  The Viewer's Cognitive Processes and the Unreadable in Christopher Nolan's Memento."

"Everything is ending but not yet": Post-Modern Irony and the New Sincerity in Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad."

Institutional Involvement

Committee on Professional Development 2014-2017 and 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, 2012-present and 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
American Men’s Studies Association