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Labio, Catherine

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Labio's current research takes place at the intersections of literature and economics and literature and the visual arts. She is working on two book manuscripts. The first is on the cultural and economic history of the Mississippi Bubble of 1720. The second highlights the three-dimensionality of comics and the relationship between comics and architecture.


  • Modern and contemporary European literature and philosophy (including aesthetics), The Enlightenment, literature and economics, finance and culture, literature and the visual arts, book arts, European comics, comics and architecture, literary and critical theory, history of the novel


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courses taught

  • ENGL 2017 - World Genres
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores literary form and language in a wide range of cultures, introducing students to the global English literary tradition, comprising multiple lineages. Introduces students to poetry, narrative, drama, orality, media, digitality, and/or other genres drawn from diverse traditions, each locally historicized and contextualized.
  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
    Introduces students to a wide range of critical theories that English majors need to know. Covers major movements in modern literary/critical theory, from Matthew Arnold through new criticism to contemporary postmodern frameworks. Required for all English majors.
  • ENGL 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.
  • ENGL 3164 - History and Literature of Georgian Britain
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Provides an interdisciplinary study of England in one of its most vibrant cultural and historical periods. Topics include politics, religion, family life, and the ways contemporary authors understood their world.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 5139 - Global Literature and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces graduate level study of recent writing in English from around the world. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, new media, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • FREN 5110 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.


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