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Katherine Anderson received her Ph.D. in British literature and Victorian studies from Indiana University, and she is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Twisted Words: Rhetorics of Torture in Imperial Britain, 1850-1915. The project argues for the the centrality of torture to Victorian history and culture, and consequently, the importance of Victorian history and culture to a global and historical understanding of torture. Tracing acts and rhetorics of torture in India, Jamaica, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Britain itself, Anderson situates state-sanctioned, extraordinary violence in relation to nineteenth-century liberalism and changing narratives of citizenship and human rights. Twisted Words thus helps us better understand the global implications of contemporary state violence by establishing a longer historical genealogy of torture and terrorism sanctioned explicitly by liberal Western governments.
“Trauma and the Torturer: Of Monsters and Military Men at Morant Bay.” Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Ed. Lisa Kasmer. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming September 2017)
“The Sensory Citizen-Witness: Liturgies of Torture in Mid-Victorian Martyrological Novels.” Victorian Review 41.1 (Spring 2015): 143-161.