Engh, Catherine


PhD Student



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Catherine is a doctoral student who works at the intersection of Enlightenment philosophy and British Romanticism. Her dissertation is titled “Innate Sensibilities: British Romanticism and the Problem of Natural Development.” Here, she argues that Romantic claims for the ameliorative value of works that express human beings’ natural sensibility were fraught from the outset by writers’ awareness of the force of artificially instituted social conventions and literary tropes. In addition to Romantic literature, her teaching and research interests include eighteenth-century poetry, feminist criticism and intersectional analysis, slavery studies, ecocriticism and its postcolonial critiques, and the literature of climate change.