Kathy A. Psomiades

Kathy A. Psomiades

Associate Professor of English

External Address: 
308 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

(919) 684-5444

Kathy Psomiades works on Victorian literature and culture. She is author of Beauty's Body: Femininity and Representation in British Aestheticism (Stanford, 1997), and co-editor, with Talia Schaffer of Women and British Aestheticism (Virginia, 1999). She has been the recipient of an NEH fellowship, and a Kaneb award for undergraduate teaching at the University of Notre Dame. Her current book project, Primitive Marriage: Victorian Anthropology and the Novel, examines the intersections between the novel and anthropology in the second half of the nineteenth century.


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1990

Psomiades, K. A., and T. Schaffer, editors. Women and British Aestheticism. University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Psomiades, Kathy Alexis. Beauty's Body: Femininity and Representation in British Aestheticism. Stanford University Press, 1997.

Psomiades, K. A. “He Knew He Was Right: the Sensational Tyranny of the Sexual Contract and the Problem of Liberal Politics.” The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope’s Novels, edited by M. Markwick et al., Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009, pp. 31–44.

Psomiades, K. A. “'Dante Gabriel Rossetti' and 'Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant'.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, edited by D. S. Kastan, Oxford University Press, 2006.

PSOMIADES, K. A. The Novel and the Culture Concept. Vol. 39, Duke University Press, 2005, pp. 119–22. Crossref, doi:10.1215/ddnov.039010119. Full Text

Psomiades, K. A. “’The Lady of Shalott’ and the Critical Fortunes of Victorian Poetry.” The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, edited by J. Bristow, Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 25–45.

Psomiades, K. A. “Still Burning from this Strangling Embrace: Vernon Lee on Desire and Aesthetics.” Victorian Sexual Dissidence, edited by R. Dellamora, University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 21–41.

Psomiades, K. A. “Whose Body? Christina Rossetti and the Embodiment of Aestheticism.” Women and British Aestheticism, University Press of Virginia, 1999, pp. 101–18.

Psomiades, K. A. “Hidden Meaning: Andrew Lang, H. Rider Haggard, Sigmund Freud, and Interpretation.” Romanticism on the Net, no. 64, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.7202/1025669ar. Full Text

PSOMIADES, KATHY A. L. E. X. I. S. “Polygenist Ecosystems: Robert Knox’s The Races of Man (1850).” Victorian Review, vol. 36, Oct. 2010, pp. 32–36.

PSOMIADES, KATHY A. L. E. X. I. S. “The Marriage Plot in Theory.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 43, Apr. 2010, pp. 53–59.

Psomiades, Kathy Alexis. “Heterosexual Exchange and Other Victorian Fictions: "The Eustace Diamonds" and Victorian Anthropology.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 33, Oct. 1999, pp. 93–118. Manual, doi:10.2307/1346029. Full Text

Psomiades, K. A. “Feminine and Poetic Privacy in Christina Rossetti’s "Autumn" and "A Royal Princess".” Victorian Poetry, vol. 31, July 1993, pp. 187–202.

Psomiades, K. A. “Beauty’s Body: Gender Ideology and British Aestheticism.” Victorian Studies, vol. 36, Oct. 1992, pp. 31–52.

Psomiades, K. A. “Poetry by Women.” Nineteenth Century Contexts, vol. 16, no. 2, Jan. 1992, pp. 193–99. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08905499208583352. Full Text

Psomiades, K. ““Material Witness:”Feminism and Nineteenth-Century Studies.” Nineteenth Century Contexts, vol. 13, no. 1, Mar. 1989, pp. 13–18. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08905498908583293. Full Text

Selected Grants

Primitive Marriage: Victorian Anthropology and the Novel awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2003