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About Katherine Joslin

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.


Present Professor, Western Michigan University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, Western Michigan University
  • 2010, Outstanding Academic Title Award, Choice Magazine, American Library Association for "Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion"
  • 2010, Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award, College of Arts and Sciences, WMU
  • 2008, Fulbright Senior Specialist, U.S. Studies-Literature
  • 2007-2008, WMU Sabbatical Leave Award
  • 2006, ASTRA Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, WMU
  • WMU Administrative Merit Awards
  • WMU Department Merit Awards
  • 2000-2001, WMU Sabbatical Leave Award, Research on Jane Addams
  • 2000, Honored as International Educator
  • 1993-1994, WMU Sabbatical Leave Award, Research on literary naturalism
  • 1997, WMU Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award

Books (5)

Scholarly Editions (2)

Current Book Projects (2)

Chapters and Essays in Books (Peer Reviewed) (13)

Essays and Reviews in Journals (Peer Reviewed) (13)