Dr. Catherine Swender

Dr. Catherine Swender

Dr. Catherine Swender

Associate Professor
Gregory Lucey Adm Center, 3rd Floor, Office 386
p: 251-380-4653

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), English, Michigan State University (2003)
Master Degree, English, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts, English, Alma College

Dr. Swender teaches composition, introduction to poetry, 19th-century British women writers, British literature to 1798, British literature from 1798 to present, creative writing, and gothic literature. She has recently designed a service-learning course in which her poetry students teach creative writing to elementary school children in the Mobile Public School System.  Her scholarly interests include Romantic poetry, the rise of the British novel, gothic literature, women’s literature, transatlanticism and historical fiction. Her poetry was recently published in Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry. She was also a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge. Her current book project looks at depictions of national history in women’s gothic fiction.

Selected Courses

ENG 121 “Composition and Literature I”

ENG 123 “Composition and Literature II”

ENG 240 “Introduction to Poetry”

WRI 276 "Introduction to Creative Writing"

ENG 308 “Survey of British Literature to 1798″

ENG 309 “Survey of British Literature 1798-Present

”ENG 320 “Gothic Literature”ENG 493

“Special Topics in British Literature: 19th-Century British Women Writers”

WRI 452 "Poetry Writing"

Selected Presentations

Dr. Swender has presented papers at a number of conferences, including the Modern Language Association, the Society for Early Americanists, the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Society for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers and the International Gothic Association.

  • “Feeling History: Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel and the Historical Education of Daughters,” Society for Early Americanists.
  • “‘With the Enthusiasm of the Antiquary’: Ann Radcliffe’s Gaston de Blondeville and the Antiquarian of Feeling,” Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
  • “Old World Spirits in New World Bodies: The Gothic Body and the Destabilization of National Identity,” International Gothic Society.
  • “Haunting Voices: The Resurgence of the Feminine in Ghost Stories by Victorian Women Writers,” Society for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers.
  • “Creating Community Engagement through Imaginative Creation in Writing and Science” Co-Presented with Dr. Carolyn Simmons, Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference
  • “Tale-Telling Tapestries and Haunted Artifacts:  Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic Approach to Eighteenth-Century Historiography,” Southern Humanities Conference.
  • “Virtuous Mothers, Desiring Daughters, and the Horrible Devices of Political Legitimacy in Sophia Lee’s The Recess,” Southern Humanities Conference.