Bernadette Guthrie received her PhD in English Literature from Cornell University in 2016. Her research focuses on how Romantic and Victorian literature and culture both contribute to and challenge our understanding of what it means to be modern.
Her book manuscript, Keeping Time: Modernity, History, and the Untimely Work of Literature, explores how the work of a variety of nineteenth-century poets, including William Wordsworth, Charlotte Smith, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Matthew Arnold, both establishes and transgresses historical divisions between the past and present. Her scholarship has appeared in New Literary History and Essays in Romanticism and has been presented at NASSR, NAVSA, and ACLA.
While at Cornell, Bernadette taught a variety of courses, including a class on the role of faith and doubt in 19th and 20th century literature and a class on the digital humanities. In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph F. Martino Lectureship for Undergraduate Teaching from the Cornell English Department. Bernadette currently serves as a Professor of Practice in the Tulane University English department, where she teaches first-year composition and a service-learning course that introduces Tulane students to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and Quintilian while engaging them in the process of coaching debate at local middle schools.