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Kathleen Frederickson researches the interfaces between economics, politics, and the social and physical sciences. Along with her appointment in the Department of English, she is affiliated faculty for the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, as well the programs in Science and Technology Studies, Critical Theory, and Feminist Theory and Research. Her areas of interest include nineteenth-cetnury literature and culture in Britain and its empire; feminist and queer studies; the history of physics, biology, psychology, and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis. She is at work on a second book, entitled Sex and Security in the Place of Nature, that investigates how eco-legal spaces such as the commons, the habitat, and the quarantine help both generate and model the economies and forms of the sexual.
The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance (2014)
Honorable Mention, Sonya Rudikoff Prize for Best First Book in Victorian Studies
"Getting the Goods in Little Dorrit: Quarantine's Queer Logistics." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 75(2). 2020, 159-183.
"Queer Speciation, Or, Darwin On and Off the Farm." Victorian Studies. 60(2). 2018, 228-235.
"Freud's Australia." differences. 23(2). Summer 2012, 42-70.
"Victorian Pornography and the Laws of Genre". Literature Compass. (2011).
"Liberalism and the Time of Instinct." Victorian Studies. 49(2). Winter 2007, 302-12.
Education & Interests:
- Ph.D., University of Chicago
- B.A., McGill University