B.A. University of Connecticut, 1983
M.A. University of Chicago, 1985
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
Current Research and Teaching
Professor Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain.
Her first book Novel Histories: British Women Writing History, 1760-1830, (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011) considers the new and sometimes subversive ways in which women writers pushed the generic and social limits of narrated history to carve out a space to respond to contemporary national politics, thereby enabling them to participate in civic life. Her current book project examines the intersection of the trauma of British colonialism, imperialism, and shifting gender identities with emergent national narratives in British Romanticism.She has recently published on Mary Shelley and Jane Austen.
Some of her current courses include Making Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Jane Austen in Contemporary Culture, and The Terror of the Gothic.