Faculty Biography

Lisa Kasmer

Lisa Kasmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Chair
Department of English
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

phone: 508-793-7136
email: lkasmer@clarku.edu



B.A. University of Connecticut, 1983
M.A. University of Chicago, 1985
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

Current Research and Teaching

Lisa Kasmer, an Associate Professor of English at Clark University, specializes in gender and sexuality studies, women’s writing, and British nationalism in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Her work focuses on the constructions of identity through the intersections of gender, national identity and genre.

She has published two books in her field of gender studies and nationalism, Novel Histories: British Women Writing History, 1760-1830 and Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Her current book project on national trauma in early nineteenth-century literature examines the dangerous intersections of the Romantic imagination with destructive national ideologies.

She teaches to make clear the ways in which we do and do not inhabit these earlier worlds to reveal the relevance of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts to our current experience. Some of her recent courses are Traumatic Tales: British Romantic Literature and Nationhood, Queer Victorians, Making Gender through the Eighteenth-Century Novel, and Gender and Genre in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel.