Kate Nesbit is a doctoral candidate in English studying 19th-century British literature. Kate studies recitation, elocution, and oral reading practices in Victorian England and is currently working on her dissertation on the nineteenth-century practice of reading aloud in the home. Her project, more specifically, focuses on the site of the listener—in cultural practice and literary representation—as sometimes subverting, sometimes reinforcing, but always exposing and commenting upon asymmetries in power, as well as constructions of textual authority and truth. Kate has two peer-reviewed publications: one in Studies in the Novel on sound, focalization, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion and one in European Romantic Review on the “voices” of orchestration and pantomime in Thomas Holcroft’s stage melodrama, A Tale of Mystery.
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 and has designed and instructed courses on themes including “Reading Bodies: Literature and the Senses,” “Tech Knowledge: Literature, Media and Information,” and “Curiosity: Literature and What Keeps Us Reading.” Kate also teaches writing as a Graduate Writing Tutor at two of the University of Iowa’s writing centers: the Rhetoric Writing Center and the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center.