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Dr. Kathy Lawrence


Senior Lecturer
Ph.D, Boston University

Research Interests

19th-century U.S. literature and visual culture.  Henry James.  Emerson and his circle.  Margaret Fuller.  Caroline Sturgis.


Smithsonian Fellow, 2004
Massachusetts Historical Society, Andrew H. Mellon Fellow, 2004-2005
American Academy of Rome, Visiting Scholar, 2009

Selected Publications

“Call Me Isabel: Reverberations of Henry James’s Archetypal Plots in the Lives of His Readers.” The Henry James Review. Volume 33, No. 2, Summer 2012, pp. 177-187. 

“Soul Sisters and the Sister Arts: Margaret Fuller, Caroline Sturgis, and Their Private World of Love and Art.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. Volume 57, Number 1-2, 2011, pp. 79-104. 

“Louis Lambert, Mon Frere: Balzacian Intertextuality and Jamesian Autobiography in The Ambassadors." Henry James’s Europe: Heritage and Transfer. Ed. Annick Duperray, Adrian Harding and Dennis Tredy. European Henry James Society. Open Book Publishers, 2011.

“Where’s Waldo?”: The Disturbing Disappearance of Anglo-American Sculptor Waldo Story.” The Journal Sculpture, 18.1, Spring 2009. 

“Tragedies Upon Tragedies: Henry James and the Downfall of William Wetmore Story and His Family.” Ateneo Veneto, anno CXCIV, terse serie, 6/II, 2007.

“The ‘Dry-Lighted Soul’ Ignites: Emerson and His Soul-Mate Caroline Sturgis As Seen in Her Houghton Manuscripts.” Harvard Library Bulletin, Vol. 16, no. 3, Fall 2005, pp. 37-67.

“Osmond’s Complaint: Gilbert Osmond’s Mother and the Cultural Context of James’s The Portrait of a Lady.” Henry James Review, 26.1, Feb. 2005.

Current Projects

Editor, Cambridge Edition of the Complete Works of Henry James.  Cambridge University Press.  Forthcoming (2015).

Courses Taught

ENG 156b
When Genius is a Family Affair: Henry, William, and Alice James