Kate Faber Oestreich

Kate Faber Oestreich is Assistant Professor of Literature, Writing, and New Media at Coastal Carolina University. In the past year, Kate’s article “Sue’s Desires: Sexuality and Reform Fashion in Jude the Obscure” was published in the Victorians Institute Journal. Her scholarship and scholarly reviews have also appeared in The CEA CriticARIEL: A Review of International English LiteratureNineteenth Century Gender Studies, and the edited collection Straight Writ Queer: Non-normative Expressions of Heterosexual Desire in Literature. Oestreich serves on NCSA’s website committee and is an Executive Board committee member of the Athenaeum Press. She is currently finishing an article exploring digital mediations of the paratextual photographs within Virginia’s Woolf’s Orlando, a portion of which will shared during her talk at this year’s NCSA conference in Boston.

Which country / decade of the nineteenth century would you like to live in if you could go back in time? Absolutely England, 1885-95. Some women were still wearing bustles and corsets, others Liberty dresses; the British Arts and Crafts Movement was flourishing; the Fabian Society and Marxist Social Democratic Federation were trying to revamp marriage; the first three volumes of the OED were published; and Hardy and Wilde were writing.

What historical figure would you love to see in 21st century life? Around the age of seven, I fell in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder, and tore through the entire series. One of my earliest memories is dreaming up Laura’s reactions to late 20th-century technology, which I still think would be fascinating to observe.

Who was your favorite professor in graduate school and why? Marlene Longenecker, Ohio State University. She was generous, erudite, observant, and wickedly funny. To hear her read aloud lifted one’s soul. And her own writing—even paper comments, graduate reports, Facebook posts, and emails—was virtually an art form. She lost her battle with leukemia two months ago, and the world will not be the same.

Is there anything from the nineteen century you wished would come back into fashion? The clothing in general. I recognize this desire as illogical for many reasons, but those dresses and suits have always appealed to me on an aesthetic level.

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Kate Faber Oestreich

My name is Dr. Kate Faber Oestreich (pronounced A-Strike). I am a proud Buckeye, having earned three degrees from The Ohio State University (BA, MA, PhD). I moved to South Carolina eleven years ago to to teach at Coastal Carolina University, where I am Associate Professor of Literature, Writing, and New Media. Dr. Jennifer Camden and I have co-authored a book entitled, Transmedia Storytelling: Pemberley Digital’s Adaptations of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). My scholarship and scholarly reviews have appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, The CEA Critic, ARIEL, and the edited collection Straight Writ Queer. I serve on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, where I am also Co-Director of Electronic Communications and Co-Chair of the Web and Publicity committee. My favorite book of all time is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods, which ignited my love for all things Nineteenth Century.

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