Caitlin Smith Oyekole

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Areas of Interest
C19 American literature, early American literature, doubt, epistemology, religion and literature, intellectual history, ways of reading

University of North Texas, BA (Honors)


Caitlin Smith Oyekole is a fourth-year English Ph.D. candidate and Presidential Fellow. Her current research focuses on doubt in American literature from the Great Awakening to the Civil War. Previous projects have focused on print culture and musical practice in colonial New England, the incipient crisis of authority in 16th -century radical Protestant rhetoric, Melville’s formulation of propositional doubt and affective faith, and transatlantic literary responses to C19 scientific advances. 

Recent Scholarly Activity

"Grief and Doubt in the Age of Darwin: Tennyson's In Memoriam and Melville's Clarel." 11th Annual International Melville Conference, 2017. Paper presentation.
"'Looking for the Worst in People': Jessica Jones and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion." Console-ing Passions Conference, 2016. Paper presentation.

"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.