Caitlin Smith


Areas of Interest
Epistemology, early American literature, nineteenth-century American literature, genre studies, religion and literature

University of North Texas, BA


Caitlin Smith is a third-year Ph.D. student in the English department and a Presidential Fellow. She graduated in 2014 a double major in music history and English literature from the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on the relationship between experience, epistemology, and doubt in the genre of the conversion narrative in 18th- and- 19th- century American literature. 

She manages the journal Religion & Literature, and previously taught two semesters of multimedia Writing & Rhetoric in Fall and Spring 2015. Previous projects have analyzed print culture and musical practice in colonial New England, the incipient crisis of authority in 16th -century radical Protestant rhetoric, and Melville’s formulation of propositional doubt and affective faith.

Recent Scholarly Activity
"God Save the King... of the Witches?: Aemilia Lanyer and the Roots of Transgressive Exegesis." Sixteenth Century Society Conference, 2016. Paper presentation.

"'A Message from Beneath the Stone': Religion and Language in Clarel." 10th Annual International Melville Conference, 2015. Paper presentation.