Katharine Kittredge

Katharine Kittredge

Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Phone:(607) 274-1575
Office:317 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


Areas of Interest: Eighteenth Century British Literature, Children's Literature, Science Fiction, Gender Studies

Courses Taught:


  • Girlstories (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Experiencing College Athletics (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Lethal Girls and Lady Knights: Fighting Females in Fantasy and Science Fiction (Honors Ithaca Seminar)
  • Introduction to Children's Literature
  • Girlhoods in Literature
  • Survey of Science Fiction
  • DIY SciFi
  • Advanced Studies in Feminist Science Fiction
  • Feminist Fictions
  • Imagining Herself

Recent Publications

Katharine Kittredge and Elizabeth Bleicher. "Imagine Local: A New Kind of Science Fiction Convention" Science Fiction Studies 40.3 (November 2013).

“Chasing the Ghost of Melesina Trench” is a short documentary film about my research on Trench made by IC student , Qina Lui (class of 2013).  This film and an accompanying article can be viewed at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1018&context=abo

“Proto-Butch or Temporally-Challenged Trans?: Considering Female Masculinities in Eighteenth Century Britain” in In Search of the Normal: Developments in the Histories of Sexualities 1400-1900 . Ed. Chris Mounsey. Bucknell University Press, 2012.

"The Day the Descendants Came to Tea" The Female Spectator, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 2012)

 “Missing Immortality: The Case of Melesina Trench (A Neglected, Celebrated, Dismissed and Rediscovered Woman Poet of the Long Eighteenth Century)” Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830 1.1 (Spring 2011) http://www.aphrabehn.org/aphraonline/volume1/scholarship/kittredge.html

"Early Blossoms of Genius: Child Poets at the End of the Long 18th Century," in Looking Glass: New Perspectives in Children's Literature, 15.2 (2011)

 Abstract: Few children from the past have written accounts of their lives which subsequent [adult] generations have found worthy of preservation. A rare exception to this rule can be found in the many books of poetry published by juvenile (under the age of twenty-one) British authors during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This study explores the range of these authors' works, along with their reception, and considers how these reflect the attitudes to children at that time.


*Spring 2015* Pippi to Ripley 3: Women and Gender in Fantasy, Science Fiction and Comics

The third "Pippi to Ripley" conference will be held on May 1-2 2015 at Ithaca College. .  See sidebar for more information.



 2011 & 2012 Children’s Literature Association Conference

To find student essays about their experiences presenting at the Children's Literature conference click on "documents" on the sidebar and then select "Report on Children's Literature Conference,"  or go directly to /kkittredge/docs/ChLa_conference/

Final Projects for the 2011 Summer "Girlstories" class can be accessed at the following addresses:

         (sample mini-documentary) http://www.screencast.com/t/hkyIECsdofFQ









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