Katharine Kittredge

Professor, Literatures in English
Phone: 607-274-1575
Office: Muller Faculty Center 317, Ithaca, NY 14850

Areas of Interest:  Eighteenth Century British Literature, Children's Literature, Science Fiction, Gender Studies

Courses Taught:

  • Girlstories (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Experiencing College Athletics (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Wonder Women: Feminist History and Feminist Icons (Honors Ithaca Seminar)
  • Introduction to Children's Literature
  • Girlhoods in Literature
  • Survey of Science Fiction
  • DIY SciFi
  • Advanced Studies in Feminist Science Fiction
  • Feminist Fictions
  • Imagining Herself

Recent Publications

“Old School Bullying: The Early Roots of Bullying in Harry Potter” co-authored with Carolyn Rennie. The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts Eds. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes. Palgrave, 2018.

"The Blind Made Happy" Arcs of Reward and Redemption in Early Modern Children's Literature" Variabilities II. Ed. Chris Mounsey. Peter Lang, 2016.

"'For the Benefit of Young Women going into Service': Late Eighteenth-Century Proto-YA Novels" Women's Writing 23:1 (2016): 106-126.

"Lethal Girls Drawn for Boys:Girl Assassins in Comics/Manga and Film/Anime" Kittredge, Katharine. Children's Literature Association Quarterly39.4 (2014 Winter): 506-532.

Katharine Kittredge and Elizabeth Bleicher. "Imagine Local: A New Kind of Science Fiction Convention" Science Fiction Studies 40.3 (November 2013).

“Chasing the Ghost of Melesina Trench” is a short documentary film about my research on Trench made by IC student , Qina Lui (class of 2013).  This film and an accompanying article can be viewed at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1018&context=…

“Proto-Butch or Temporally-Challenged Trans?: Considering Female Masculinities in Eighteenth Century Britain” in In Search of the Normal: Developments in the Histories of Sexualities 1400-1900 . Ed. Chris Mounsey. Bucknell University Press, 2012.

"The Day the Descendants Came to Tea" The Female Spectator, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 2012)

 “Missing Immortality: The Case of Melesina Trench (A Neglected, Celebrated, Dismissed and Rediscovered Woman Poet of the Long Eighteenth Century)” Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830 1.1 (Spring 2011) http://www.aphrabehn.org/aphraonline/volume1/scholarship/kittredge.html

"Early Blossoms of Genius: Child Poets at the End of the Long 18th Century," in Looking Glass: New Perspectives in Children's Literature, 15.2 (2011)

 Abstract: Few children from the past have written accounts of their lives which subsequent [adult] generations have found worthy of preservation. A rare exception to this rule can be found in the many books of poetry published by juvenile (under the age of twenty-one) British authors during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This study explores the range of these authors' works, along with their reception, and considers how these reflect the attitudes to children at that time.


*Spring 2017* Pippi to Ripley 4: Women and Gender in Fantasy, Science Fiction and Comics

The fourth "Pippi to Ripley" conference will be held on April 21-22, 2017  at Ithaca College. .  See sidebar for more information.

Archive Project

Final Projects for the 2011 Summer "Girlstories" class can be accessed at the following addresses:

         (sample mini-documentary) http://www.screencast.com/t/hkyIECsdofFQ