Kate Singer

  • Professor of English
Kate Singer

Kate Singer’s research explores questions of poetics, epistemology, gender, affect, and media in the Romantic period. She is currently working on a manuscript that considers the serious epistemological speculation in women’s poetry from the Romantic period.

Singer's scholarly interests also include the intersections of data and the literary, particularly the areas of digital textual encoding, analysis, and pedagogy within the digital humanities and, more broadly, the topics of mediation, gender, and virtuality both in the Romantic era and our own.

Her work has been published in Studies in RomanticismEuropean Romantic ReviewThe Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and Literature Compass.  She edits the Pedagogies section of Romantic Circles.

At Mount Holyoke, Singer teaches courses on British and transatlantic Romanticisms, poetics, and gender theory, and women in the digital age.

Areas of Expertise

British Romanticism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women’s writing; poetics; critical theory; digital humanities


  • Ph.D., M.F.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Columbia University


Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke College students presented at a College-organized Black Studies and Romanticism conference.

Recent Publications

Singer, K. (2019). Automatic for all: Mary Shelley's posthuman passion. In Michael Demson and Christopher Clason (Eds.), Romantic Automata: Exhibitions, Figures, Organisms (pp. 128-145). Bucknell UP.

Singer, K. "'It's the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Queer': Mary Shelley, Queer Affect, and Shapeshifting through The Last Man." In K. Singer, A. Cross, and S. L. Barnett (Eds.). Material Transgressions: Beyond Bodies, Genders, Things (213-232). Liverpool University Press.

Singer, K., Cross, A. & Barnett, S. L. (Eds.) (2020). Material Transgressions: Beyond Bodies, Genders, Things. Liverpool University Press.

Singer, K. (2019). Romantic Vacancy: The Poetics of Gender, Affect, and Radical Speculation. SUNY Press: Albany, NY.

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