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Cathrine O. Frank, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



19th and 20th-century British literature, law and literature, Victorian studies,  the novel, children's literature.


B.A., English, Wake Forest University, 1993

M.A., English, University of Cincinnati, 1996

Ph.D., English, The George Washington University, 2002

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Legal history and the Victorian and Edwardian novel (e.g. testamentary law, married womens property law, illegitimacy, charitable trusts, trials), literary history, realism and modernism, law and the humanities

Current Research or Scholarship

Currently developing a book-length study of legal and literary subjectivity, called "Character: Writing and Reputation in Law and Literature."

Selected Publications


Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925. Burlington, VT and London: Ashgate,  2010.

Edited Collections

Teaching Law and Literature. with Austin Sarat and Matthew Anderson. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.

Law and the Humanities: An Introduction. with Austin Sarat and Matthew Anderson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009


"Riot and Revolution in ELizabeth Gaskell's Fiction." Law, Culture, and the Humanities First published on Oct. 12, 2012 as doi: 10.1177/1743872112460741 (forthcoming in print).

"Privacy, Character, and the Jurisdiction of the Self: A 'Story of the Door' in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Special issue on Jurisdiction. English Language Notes 48.2 (Fall/Winter 2010): 215-24.

“Trial Separations: Divorce, Disestablishment, and Home Rule in Phineas Redux.” College Literature Special issue on Law and Literature. 35.3 (2008): 30-56.

“Of Testaments and Tattoos: The Wills Act of 1837 and Rider Haggard’s Mr. Meeson’s Will (1888).” Law and Literature 18.3 (2006): 323-42.

“Fictions of Justice: Testamentary Intention and the (Il)legitimate Heir in Anthony Trollope’s Ralph the Heir and E.M. Forster’s Howards End.” English Literature in Transition 47.3 (2004): 311-30.

“Tinklers and Time Machines: Time-Travel in the Social Fantasy of E. Nesbit and H.G. Wells.” Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults. Eds. Elaine Ostry and Carrie Hintz. New York: Routledge, 2003.

“Wandering Narratives and Wavering Conclusions: Irreconciliation in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer and Walter Scott’s Waverley.” European Romantic Review 12 (2001): 429-456.


Recently Funded Grants

2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "The Rule of Law: Legal Studies and the Liberal Arts."

Student Opportunities: Yes