Office: MHRA 3314
At UNCG Since: 1997
Ph.D. Brandeis University-1986
M.A. Brandeis University-1980
M.A. University of New Hampshire-1977
B.A. Wellesley College-1975
Dr. Kilcup has broad research and teaching interests in 19th- and earlier 20th-century American literatures; her work has encompassed women and gender, environmental literature, romanticism and regionalism, poetry and poetics, humor, and American multicultural literatures (especially Native American). Her interests in contemporary American literary and cultural theory include ethnocriticism, feminism, ecocriticism, and new historicism, as well as genre, reader response, and canon theory.
- “Fresh Leaves’: Practicing Environmental criticism.” PMLA, forthcoming.
- Co-author with Paula Bennett. “Rethinking Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.” Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Paula Bernat Bennett, Karen L. Kilcup, and Philipp Schweighauser. New York: MLA, 2007. 1-10.
- A Cherokee Woman’s America: Memoirs of Narcissa Owen, 1831-1907. Gainesville U P of Florida, 2005.
- “The Poetry and Prose of Recovery Work.” On Anthologies: Politics and Pedagogy. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2004. 112-34.
- “I like these plants that you call weeds’: Historicizing American Women’s Nature Writing.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 58.1 (2003): 42-74.
- From Beacon Hill to the Crystal Palace: The 1851 European Travel Diary of a Working-Class Woman. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2002.
- Native American Women’s Writing, c. 1800-1924: An Anthology. Cambridge, MA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
- Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader. Cambridge, MA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
- Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1998.
- Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology. Cambridge, MA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 1997.
Awards and Honors
- President, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2004-present (elected).
- Edna and Jordan Davidson Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities, Florida International University, 2000.
- Nominee, Lowell Book Prize for Robert Frost and Feminine LiteraryTradition, MLA, 1999.
- Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1996-97.
- Dorothy M. Healy Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Studies, Westbrook College, 1996.
- Distinguished Teacher, The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and The National Education Association, 1987.