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Katharine Beutner

Assistant Professor

Katharine Beutner
Katharine Beutner writes fiction and creative nonfiction and studies the literature of the long eighteenth century. She is the author of Alcestis, a retelling of Greek myth that won the 2011 Edmund White Prize for Debut Fiction, and has recently finished writing Killingly, set at Mt. Holyoke College in the 1890s. Her next novel will focus on climate change protests and environmental justice. Her academic research has focused primarily on the writing lives of a group of early eighteenth-century women writers, and her interests include literary history and historiography, life writing, genre fiction, animal studies, environmental writing, and textual studies. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and formerly taught at the College of Wooster. Her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, Public Books, Humanities, The Toast, and other publications.

Office Hours

Fall 2015: Thursday 11 am - 1 pm and by appointment


Selected publications:
  • Alcestis (Soho Press, 2010).
  • “Some Little Lamb” (excerpt from Killingly). TriQuarterly144 (Summer/Fall 2013).
  • “The Moon Dog.” NonBinary Review, “Bulfinch’s Mythology” issue, and Mythmaking: Stories from the First Year of Non-Binary Review. Ed. Allie Batts and Lise Quintana. Santa Cruz: Zoetic Press, 2015.
  • “Jinn in the Machine.” Public Books. Review of G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen. Live January 14, 2013.
  • “On Hild and the Joys of Situating.” The Toast. Review of Nicola Griffith’s Hild/essay on historical fiction, live February 19, 2014:
  • “Incompetence Porn: Courtney Moreno’s Existential Tales of an EMT.” TheLos Angeles Review of Books. Review of In Case of Emergency. Live November 5, 2014:

Areas of Interest

Fiction, creative nonfiction; eighteenth century British literature; women writers; literary history and historiography; genre fiction; animal studies; environmental writing; textual studies; queer studies.


Selected awards:
  • 2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (for Alcestis)
  • Finalist, 2011 Compton Crook Award (for Alcestis)
  • Finalist, 2011 Lambda Literary Lesbian Debut Fiction Award (for Alcestis)
  • American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellow, 2010-2011.
  • Carolyn Lindley Cooley PEO Scholar, 2010-2011.


BA, Smith College
MA, PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Spring Semester 2015

Course Title Time  
ENG 414(1) Fiction Workshop W 12:30-3:00 Edit
ENG 613 (1) Graduate Fiction Workshop (CW) M 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 313(6) Types of Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry TR 12:00-1:15 Edit
ENG 383(1) Childrens Lit TR 9:00-10:15 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 270(4) HISTORICAL FICTION MWF 11:30-12:20 Edit

Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 272(11) Romance and the Novel TR 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 313(2) Introduction to Fiction and Poetry TR 12:00-1:15 Edit