Kate Stanley


Associate Professor
Graduate Development & Placement Coordinator

PhD, Columbia University, 2013
MA, University of British Columbia, 2004
BA Hons, Queen's University, 2002

University College 3430
519-661-2111 ext. 87857

On leave.

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My research and teaching focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, philosophy, and culture, with an emphasis on the modernist period. My first book, Practices of Surprise in American Literature After Emerson (Cambridge University Press 2018) traces an aesthetics of surprise through the work of major modernist writers and pragmatist philosophers who aimed to harness the experience of the unexpected in their writing and to transmit it to readers. I am currently at work on a project about pragmatism and pedagogy, which is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

I have published essays on Proust, Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz’s photography, Henry James, affect theory, pragmatist critical methods and pedagogy in American Literary History, Modernism/modernity, Criticism, Henry James Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism.