Listening to Reading Aloud: Literacy and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Kate Nesbit is an English PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Iowa specializing in nineteenth-century British literature. Kate studies recitation, elocution, and oral reading practices in Victorian England and is currently working on her dissertation on reading aloud in the home in nineteenth-century culture and fiction. Her project, more specifically, focuses on the listener as an active agent in meaning-making and examines how authors employ the site of listening to make arguments about the reception of their own novels.
Kate has a BA in English and Women’s and Gender Studies from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She currently teaches General Education Literature at the University of Iowa. She has designed and instructed courses on themes including "Voice and Storytelling," "Reading Bodies: Literature and the Senses" and "Tech Knowledge: Literature, Media and Information." She has also taught General Education Rhetoric, and she tutors writing at two of the University of Iowa's writing centers: the Rhetoric Writing Center and the Frank Business Communications Center.
Kate served as of the university's three 2017 Graduate Teaching Fellows and has received the University of Iowa's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, as well as the English department's W.R. Irwin Award for Teaching Excellence.