Assistant Professor – Instructional

913 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


Victorian, Aesthetics, Sexuality, Gender, Modernism, Essays


Catherine Wiley has written on the intersection of aesthetics, sexuality, and identity formation, particularly in the work of late-Victorian essayists such as Walter Pater and Vernon Lee, originally stemming from a curiosity about the dramatic shift from Victorian forms of literature to those of modernist texts.

Selected Publications

  • “‘Warming Me Like a Cordial’: The Ethos of the Body in Vernon Lee’s Aesthetics,” Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetic, eds. Catherine Maxwell and Patricia Pulham, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Courses Taught

  • The Modern Novel, Introduction to English Studies, Women in Literature, The Quest for Utopia, Survey of English Literature 1660-1900, First-Year Writing