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Kate Flint

Provost Professor of Art History and English

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2808
Office: VKC 351


Biographical Sketch

Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, joined the University of Southern California in July 2011, where she is currently Chair of the Department of Art History. Prior to this, she taught at Bristol and Oxford Universities before moving to Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, in 2001. Her research spans the C19th and C20th, and is both interdisciplinary and transatlantic. Trained at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she wrote her dissertation on the British reception of contemporary painting, 1870-1910. Her areas of specialization include Victorian and early twentieth-century cultural and literary history, visual culture, women's writing, gender studies, and transatlantic studies. Most recently, Professor Flint has published The Transatlantic Indian 1776-1930 (Princeton University Press, 2008), which looks at the two-way relations between Native Americans and the British in the long C19th, and explores the intersections of modernity, nationhood, performance, and popular culture. Her previous works include The Victorians and The Visual Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1993), both of which won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay prize, as well as Dickens (Harvester, 1985). She is General Editor of the Cambridge History of Victorian Literature (2012) and has co-edited Culture, Landscape and the Environment (Oxford University Press, 2000), and edited Victorian Love Stories (Oxford University Press, 1996) as well as a number of works by Dickens, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence and Anthony Trollope for Penguin Classics and OUP World's Classics. Additionally, Professor Flint has published articles on Victorian, modernist and contemporary fiction; women's writing and feminist theory; Victorian and C20th painting and photography, and cultural history. She has held Fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Huntington Library, San Marino, and in 2015-16 will return to the NHC, and also hold an ACLS Fellowship in 2016. Professor Flint is completing a book entitled "Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination," and her new project is a cultural history of the concept of ordinariness from 1850 to the present day.


Ph.D. English/Art History, Oxford University, 1985
M.A. Art History, Courtauld Institute, London University, 1977
B.A. English, Oxford University, 1976
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