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Cathrine O. Frank



The George Washington University



University of Cincinnati



Wake Forest University



19th and 20th-century British literature

law and literature

Victorian studies

the novel

children's literature.


Current Research

 A book-length study of legal and literary constructions of personhood called Character: Writing and Reputation in Victorian Law and Literature

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

Selected Publications


Character, Writing and Reputation in Victorian Law and Literature, (Under Review)

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

Articles and Book Chapters

“Literacies for a New Canon.” Law, Culture and the Humanities, First Published Dec 12, 2019, doi:10.1177/1743872119893320.

"Narrative and Law."  Law and Literature. Ed. Kieran Dolin. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018, pp. 42-57. 

"Gossip, Hearsay and the Character Exception in Victorian Law and Literature." Law and Humanities 9.2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 172-202.

"Riot and Revolution in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction." Law, Culture, and the Humanities  10.3 (2014): 421-39.

"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.


Funded Grants

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

Research Topics

Catherine Frank

Cathrine O. Frank




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