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 studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture.  She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain.

Her first book Novel Histories: British Women Writing History, 1760-1830,(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012) considers the new and sometimes subversive ways in which women writers pushed the generic and social limits of narrated history to carve out a space to respond to contemporary national politics, thereby enabling them to participate in civic life.  Her recent book, Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature, examines the intersection of traumatic British national events with narratives of shifting national identity in British Romanticism.

Kasmer has won a number of academic grants including a research fellowship at the Chawton House Archival Library for Early Modern Women Writers, a Huntington Library Fellowship and a Clark University Leir-Luxembourg grant to conduct a conference on the topic of trauma in British and European nationalism. In addition, she was chosen to participate in the NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries.” Through Davis Educational Fund grants, she has also pursued her interest in the digital humanities, the intersection of digital technologies and the humanities, within her classes through student projects in literary fantasy role-playing games and editing of digital archival texts. She has recently published on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park in the Modern Language Association’s Teaching Jane Austen series and on women critics in The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789 (Wiley-Blackwell).