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Geremy Carnes

Geremy Carnes

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Geremy Carnes

Geremy Carnes

Associate Professor, English

McCluer Hall 114
(636) 949-4771

Biographical Information

Geremy Carnes’s research focuses on the experiences of the 18th-century English Catholic community and the literature produced by it and about it. His monograph, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791, argues that this community made considerable contributions to the literary history of the period, and that the hopes and anxieties produced by its engagement with the Protestant majority animated much of 18th-century literature. More recently, his interest in depictions of early modern Catholics has led him to the study of Gothic literature. The most Gothic thing he has ever done is work on an archaeological excavation of an ancient fortress while camping in Romania’s Transylvanian Alps.

In 2022, Dr. Carnes received a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support the development of a network of digital humanities practitioners in the St. Louis region, with an explicit focus on advancing digital humanities pedagogy. Network members include faculty at more than a dozen area secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Academic Interests

Dr. Carnes's academic interests include the following:

  • British literature of the long 18th century
  • English Catholic literature
  • Romantic and Gothic literature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Literature of British imperial expansion
  • Intersections of religion, nation, and empire
  • Japanese Literature

Courses Taught

Dr. Carnes has taught the following courses:

  • Gothic Literature: Monsters & Madness
  • The Rise of the Gothic in English Literature
  • The Novel
  • Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
  • Masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century
  • The Rise of the British Empire
  • Research and Scholastic Writing
  • Composition II



  • The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2017.


  • Doctor Who’s Shaken Faith in Science: Mistrusting Science from the Gothic to the Neo-Gothic.” In Neo-Gothic Narratives: Illusory Allusions from the Past, edited by Sarah E. Maier and Brenda Ayres. London: Anthem Press. (Forthcoming)
  • “Tyrannick Faith: Martyr Drama, the Heroic Mode, and Dryden’s Tyrannick Love.” Restoration 42, no. 1 (2018): 31-54.
  • “Eloisa to Abelard to Eloisa: English Catholics and the Development of Gothic Fiction.” In The Ways of Fiction: New Essays on the Literary Cultures of the Eighteenth Century, edited by Nicholas J. Crowe, 46-69. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2018.
  • “Catholic Conversion and Incest in Dryden’s Don Sebastian.” Restoration 38, no. 2 (2014): 3-19.
  • “‘Let not religion be named between us’: Catholic Struggle and the Religious Context of Feminism in A Simple Story.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel 9 (2012): 193-235.