Kathy A. Psomiades

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Tuesdays  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Kathy A. Psomiades

Associate Professor of English

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

Women and British Aestheticism. Ed. KA Psomiades and T Schaffer. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Psomiades, KA. Beauty's Body: Femininity and Representation in British Aestheticism. Stanford University Press, 1997. (Monograph)

Psomiades, KA. "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. Ed. M Markwick, DD Morse, and R Gagnier. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., January 1, 2009. 31-44. (Essay)

Psomiades, KA. "'Dante Gabriel Rossetti' and 'Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant'." The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Ed. DS Kastan. Oxford University Press, 2006. (Essay)

PSOMIADES, KA. "The Novel and the Culture Concept." September 1, 2005. 119-122. Full Text

Psomiades, KA. "’The Lady of Shalott’ and the Critical Fortunes of Victorian Poetry." The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry. Ed. J Bristow. Cambridge University Press, October 26, 2000. 25-45. (Essay)

Psomiades, KA. "Still Burning from this Strangling Embrace: Vernon Lee on Desire and Aesthetics." Victorian Sexual Dissidence. Ed. R Dellamora. University of Chicago Press, June 1, 1999. 21-41. (Essay)

Psomiades, KA. "Whose Body? Christina Rossetti and the Embodiment of Aestheticism." Women and British Aestheticism. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999. 101-118. (Essay)

Psomiades, KA. "Hidden Meaning: Andrew Lang, H. Rider Haggard, Sigmund Freud, and Interpretation." Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net: 64 (2013). Full Text

PSOMIADES, KA. "Polygenist Ecosystems: Robert Knox’s The Races of Man (1850)." Victorian Review 36 (October 2010): 32-36. (Academic Article)

PSOMIADES, KA. "The Marriage Plot in Theory." Novel: a Forum on Fiction 43 (April 2010): 53-59. (Academic Article)

Psomiades, KA. "Heterosexual Exchange and Other Victorian Fictions: "The Eustace Diamonds" and Victorian Anthropology." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 33 (October 1999): 93-118. (Academic Article) Full Text

Psomiades, KA. "Feminine and Poetic Privacy in Christina Rossetti’s "Autumn" and "A Royal Princess"." Victorian Poetry 31 (July 1993): 187-202.

Psomiades, KA. "Beauty’s Body: Gender Ideology and British Aestheticism." Victorian Studies 36 (October 1992): 31-52.

Psomiades, KA. "Poetry by Women." Nineteenth Century Contexts 16.2 (January 1, 1992): 193-199. (Review) Full Text

Psomiades, K. "“Material Witness:”Feminism and Nineteenth-Century Studies." Nineteenth Century Contexts 13.1 (March 1, 1989): 13-18. Full Text

Selected Grants

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