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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, challenges prevailing narratives which attribute the development of early modern British literature to a distinctly Protestant culture. Placing 18th-century English literature within the context of the Catholic community's history, the book 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, Carnes’s interest in depictions of early modern Catholics has led him to the study of Gothic literature. His recent research has focused on expressions of doubt and trauma in 18th-century Gothic literature and the echoes of those early expressions in 21st-century 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.

Academic Interests

Dr. Carnes's academic interests include the following:

  • British literature of the long 18th century
  • English Catholic literature
  • Romantic and Gothic literature
  • Restoration drama
  • Literature of British imperial expansion
  • Intersections of religion, nation, and empire
  • Trauma studies

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.