Karen Kilcup

Karen Kilcup

Email: academic@karenkilcup.org
Office: MHRA 3314


Ph.D. Brandeis University
M.A. Brandeis University
M.A. University of New Hampshire
B.A. Wellesley College

Research Interests

The Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of English, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies, Professor Kilcup has broad research and teaching interests in 19th- and 20th-century American literature.  Her intellectual project aims to reintegrate fractured literary traditions, reshape literary orthodoxies, and highlight the durable power of affective literature.  Kilcup’s interests in contemporary American literary and cultural theory include ecocriticism, affect studies, genre theory, and anthology theory. Her current research focuses on environmental literature, nineteenth-century American poetry, children’s literature, and women’s writing. For more detail about Professor Kilcup’s research, as well as her teaching and service, see karenkilcup.org/.

Selected Publications

  • Over the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry, coedited with Angela Sorby (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014).
  • Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781-1924 (Athens: U of Georgia P, 2013).
  • “Feeling American in the Poetic Republic,” forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • “False Stories Corrected: Reinventing Natural History in The Juvenile Miscellany,” forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
  • Scarlet Experiments: Dickinson’s New English and the Critics,” Emily Dickinson Journal 24.1 (2015): 22-51
  • “‘Frightful Stories’: Captivity, Conquest, and Justice in Lydia Maria Child’s Native Narratives,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 39.2 (2014): 316-40
  • “Education by Poetry: Robert Frost, Women, and Children,” in Frost in Context, ed. Mark Richardson (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014) 369-79
  •  “Writing against Wilderness: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s Elite Environmental Justice”
    Western American Literature 47.4 (Winter 2013): 361-85
  • Frado Taught a Naughty Ram: Animal and Human Natures in Our Nig
    ELH: English Literary History 79 (Summer 2012): 341-68.
  • Fresh Leaves’: Practicing Environmental Criticism.” PMLA 124.3 (May 2009): 847-56.

Awards and Honors

  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, 2014-2015
  • UNCG Senior Research Excellence Award, 2011-2012.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, 2010-2011. Special recognition for advancing the goals of the We the People Project.
  • President, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2004-2010 (elected).
  • Edna and Jordan Davidson Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities, Florida International University, 2000.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1996-97.
  • Dorothy M. Healy Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Studies, Westbrook College, 1996.
  • Distinguished Teacher, The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and The National Education Association, 1987.


Karen Kilcup’s Website
Society for the Study of American Women Writers

UNCG Excellence Awards – Karen Kilcup