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Katie Gemmill Assistant Professor of English

Katie Gemmill is the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Vassar College. Her research and teaching focus on 18th-century and romantic literature in Britain, as well as women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

  • BA, Queen’s University; MA, McGill University; PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 2016


Research and Academic Interests

  • 18th-century English literature
  • Romanticism
  • Women’s, gender and sexuality studies
  • The history and theory of the novel
  • Textual studies and book history


  • ENGL 101. The Art of Reading and Writing
  • ENGL 248. The Age of Romanticism


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Katie Gemmill earned her PhD from Columbia University in 2017 and is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Vassar, teaching courses in eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism and women’s studies. She is working on a book project titled Novel Conversations, 1740-1817, which investigates how eighteenth-century writers turned the craft of dialogue and the technologies of print towards the acoustic. Her current and past projects all aim to forge communication between editorial and theoretical approaches to novel studies: she has worked on a number of textual editing projects through The Burney Centre and the Yale Johnson Edition, and published articles on Frances Burney’s French archive in The Burney Journal and on Jane Austen’s manuscripts in the University of Toronto Quarterly and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. In addition to these, a version of her first book chapter, titled “Transcriptional Aesthetics and Conversational Threat in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa,” is coming out next spring in a special issue of Narrative called Revisiting Dialogue. Other scholarly interests include queer studies, representations of gendered transgression in fiction, and Anglo-French literary relations in the long eighteenth century. She regularly writes criticism for popular reviews such as Public Books and Open Letters Monthly.