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Labio, Catherine Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Labio's current research takes place at the intersections of literature and economics and of literature and the visual arts. In the first instance, she works on individual projects (on Adam Smith and literature, e.g.) and in collaboration with colleagues in economics and management (on the cultural and economic history of financial crashes) in order to bridge the gap between two disciplines that are usually seen as having little to nothing in common. In the second instance, she demonstrates the importance of going beyond the geographic and disciplinary getthoization that has characterized the recent surge of interest in comics studies. She is completing two book projects: the first is on the Mississippi Bubble of 1720, the second on comics and architecture.


  • modern and contemporary European literature and philosophy (including aesthetics), The Enlightenment, literature and economics, literature and the visual arts, book arts, comics, literary and critical theory, history of the novel


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courses taught

  • ENGL 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.
  • ENGL 3164 - History and Literature of Georgian Britain
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides an interdisciplinary study of England in one of its most vibrant cultural and historical periods. Topics include politics, religion, family life, and the ways contemporary authors understood their world.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4634 - Advanced Topics: The Victorians
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers advanced topics in Victorian literature. Formerly ENGL 4614.
  • ENGL 5139 - Global Literature and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces graduate level study of recent writing in English from around the world. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, new media, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 5459 - Introduction to the Profession
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces purposes, methods and techniques of professional scholarship in English. Provides an overview of the discipline, including traditional areas of research and recent developments. Teaches students how to use research, bibliographic, and reference tools to prepare papers for conferences and publication. Required of all MA students in English.


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