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Katie Kadue

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


Katie Kadue specializes in early modern English and French literature and culture. Her first book, Domestic Georgic: Labors of Preservation from Rabelais to Milton (University of Chicago Press, 2021), shows how male authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries conceived of the work of writing as a form of housework, an activity concerned primarily with keeping language, ideas and intellectual communities together — and in suspension — as housewives put up preserves and kept up homes. Her current research looks at how male Renaissance poets used the genres of love lyric to mediate anxieties about masculinity and obsolescence, projecting onto women their ambivalent feelings about originality, literary tradition and the hard work of performing as sexual and poetic subjects. 

Her writing has appeared in the academic journals Modern Philology, Montaigne Studies and Studies in Philology, as well as in venues such as n+1, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Yale University

Research Interests

  • 16th- and 17th-century English literature
  • 16th-century French literature
  • Poetry
  • Feminist theory

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