Katherine Joslin studied American literature at Northwestern University. She teaches
courses in American fiction and non-fiction at the turn into the twentieth century with
cross-disciplinary interests in material culture and social and political history. This
year she team-taught Law and Literature with Kevin Corder from Political Science; the
course looked at narratives from indictments to novels. She often teaches courses on
women writers as well as surveys of American literature and culture. 

Her most recent book, Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion in the Becoming Modern
Series (University Press of New England, 2009), looks at the origins of the fashion
industry as seen through fiction. You can read a review of the book. Professor Joslin is
also the author of Jane Addams, A Writer's Life (Illinois, 2004; paperback 2009), a
literary biography that places the socialsettlement founder and Nobel Peace Prize
laureate in the company of American writers. Her book Edith Wharton in the Women Writers
Series (Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1991; paperback 1994) was part of the resurgence
in Wharton studies, and Joslin is a founding member of the Edith Wharton Society. She
co-editedWretched Exotic: Essays on Wharton in Europe(Peter Lang 1993; paperback 1996), a
selection of essays from a conference she directed in Paris; and American Feminism
(Routledge, 2003), a four-volume collection of source documents from 1848 to1920. Her
essays and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American Studies, Modern Fiction
Studies, College Literature, and in books such as Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams
(Penn State, 2010), The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin (Cambridge, 2008), Twisted
from the Ordinary (Tennessee, 2003), Special Relationships (Manchester, 2002), A Forward
Glance (Delaware, 1999), and Women, America, and Movement(Missouri,1998). 

At WMU, she has received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award
in Research and Creative Activities (2009) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (1997).
Under her direction, a WMU team won Fulbright grants in 1999, 2000, and 2001 to conduct
Summer Institutes in the Study of the U.S. for International Faculty. In 2008 Joslin was
named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and traveled to Cairo as a lecturer and consultant at
Menoufiya University in the Delta Region of Egypt. 


Edith Wharton (1991)

Scholarly Editions

Current Book Projects

Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Biography, Funded by a Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award (2012)

Chapters and Essays in Books (Peer Reviewed)

Reading Jane Addams in the Twenty-First Century (lead essay), Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams (2010)

Kate Chopin on Fashion in a Darwinian World, The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin (2008)

Rachel Carson and the Song of the Sea, Fleeting, Floating, Flowing: Water Writing and Modernity (2008)

Is Lily Gay?, Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth: A Routledge Guide (2007)

Honest Reminiscence: Jane Addams on War and Peace, Landscapes of Memory (2004)

Essays and Reviews in Journals (Peer Reviewed)


Review Essay, "Seeing Wharton Anew ", Modern Fiction Studies (2010)


Diseases of the Body Politic: Jane Addams and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (lead essay) (with Janet Beer), Journal of American Studies (1999)


Review of "Personal Property" by Margit Stange, Modern Fiction Studies (1999)