Kate Holterhoff

Kate Holterhoff is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research areas include nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literature, visual culture, digital humanities, and the history of science. She has published articles in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, The Journal of Victorian Culture, The Journal of the History of Biology, and Victorian Network.

Dr. Holterhoff's current visual culture and digital humanities work considers the role of descriptive tags and metadata for the analysis of illustrated texts. She directs and edits the literary and art historical resource VisualHaggard.org , a digital archive intended to centralize and improve access to the illustrations of popular Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University 2016
MA in English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati 2009
BA in English, University of Cincinnati, Magna Cum Laude 2007
BFA in Fine Art, University of Cincinnati, College of Design Art Architecture & Planning, Magna Cum Laude 2006

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

"From Disclaimer to Critique: Race and the Digital Image Archivist." Digital Humanities Quarterly. (Forthcoming)

"Egyptology and Darwinian Evolution in Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard: The Scientific Imagination." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 60.3 (June 2017): 314-340.

"Liberal Evolutionism and the Satirical Ape." Journal of Victorian Culture. 21.2 (2016): 1-21.

"The History and Reception of Charles Darwin's Hypothesis of Pangenesis." The Journal of the History of Biology. 47.4 (2014): 661-95.

"Beauty as a Terministic Screen in Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man." Victorian Network. 2.1 (Summer 2010): 49-69.

"Ethics and the Digital Archive: The Case for Visualizing H. Rider Haggard." Journal of Victorian Culture Online. Ed. Lisa Hager. Neo-Victorian Studies & Digital Humanities Week 2013. 21 October 2013.

Book Chapters

"Picturing Africa: Illustration in the Allan Quatermain Adventure Fictions of H. Rider Haggard." Imperial Middlebrow: Cross-colonial Encounters and Expressions of Power in Middlebrow Literature and Culture, 1890-1940. Editors Christoph Ehland and Dr Kate Macdonald. (Forthcoming)

"Science." Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. Ed. Kevin A. Morrison. North Carolina: McFarland, 2017. (Forthcoming)

"Liminality and Power in Bram Stoker's Jewel of Seven Stars." Critical Essays on Victorian Gothic and Sensation Fiction from Wollstonecraft to Stoker. Ed Dr. Marilyn Brock. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2009. 132-43.

Special Issues Edited for Journal

"Illustration and Gender." Special Edition of Nineteenth‑Century Gender Studies. Eds. Kate Holterhoff and Nicole Lobdell. 11.2 (Summer 2015).

Books Edited

The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland by Eliza Lynn Linton [1885]. Eds. Deborah Meem and Kate Holterhoff. Brighton, UK: Victorian Secrets, 2011.

Sowing the Wind by Eliza Lynn Linton [1867]. Eds. Deborah Meem and Kate Holterhoff. Brighton, UK: Victorian Secrets, 2014.

Books Reviewed

Before Einstein: The Fourth Dimension in Fin Fin de Siècle Literature and Culture by Elizabeth L. Throesch (New York: Anthem Press, 2017). Reviewed for English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 61 (2018). (Forthcoming)

The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance by Kathleen Frederickson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). Reviewed for the Journal of British Studies. 56.2 (2017): 424-25.

Education in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Exclusion as Innovation by Sheila Cordner (New York: Routledge, 2016). Reviewed for Impact. 6.1 (Winter 2017).

Courses Taught

Georgia Institute of Technology

ENGL 1102 Victorians in Cyberspace 2017 Course Website
ENGL 1102 Visual Culture, Digital Archives and H. Rider Haggard 2017 Course Website
ENGL 1102 The Literature of New Media 2016 Course Website

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

ENL 684 Literary Studies and Theory 2016 Course Website
ENL 200 Studies in Literature: Victorian Romance and Realism 2016
ENL 200 Studies in Literature: Fin de Siècle Adventure Fiction 2016

Saint Anselm College

EN 105 Freshman English 2014-15
HU 101, 102, 201, 202 Portraits of Human Greatness 2012-14

New Hampshire Institute of Art

AHT 399 Art and Identity 2015
AHT 201 Survey of Art History 2015

Carnegie Mellon University

ENG 213 Victorian Women Writers 2012
ENG 213 Victorian Detectives 2011
ENG 101 Interpretation and Argument "Achieving a Public Art" 2010-11

University of Cincinnati

15 ENGL 102H Honors English Composition 2009
15 ENGL 101,102 English Composition 2007-08

On the web

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