Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Pamela L. Caughie

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Modern literature, African-American literature and theory, postmodernism, feminist theory, women's studies, pedagogy

Office #: Crown Center 425

Phone: 82683


CV Link: Caughie CV 2018.2


Recent Invited Lectures:
“Digital Humanities and Modernist Texts: Theory and Praxis,” Invited Keynote, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, December 4-5, 2017

“’those queer dead women’: Woolf and Feminism,” Oregon State University, February 24, 2015

On or about December 2010, human character changed--again: "Modernism and Posthumanism." Keynote lecture, "Intersections: Theory's Modernism and Modernism's Theory," University of Glasgow, December 11, 2010  

"Well, I've queered that": Modernism and Transgender, The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence & Cultural Change and the Centre for Modernist and Contemporary Thought, University of Sussex, December 8, 2010

Co-PI, "Woolf Online: To the Lighthouse," NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant Award, 2010-2012

Offices Held:
President, Modernist Studies Association (2010)

Graduate Program Director (2005-2014)

Director, Women's Studies Program (1998-2003)

Teaching Philosophy:
I love what I do. And I am aware every day of my life how privileged I am to be able to say that. Far too many people in this world do not like let alone love the work they do. Hours spent discussing theory in office hours and at local coffee shops, or editing a student’s essay, are, for me, not hours lost from my own work, but pleasure gained from an exchange of ideas with others whose interests and passions become my own, at least for that moment of mutuality. I feel fortunate every day that I am able to do what I love to do, and that enjoyment in my work is what I hope to pass onto my students. I see my primary role as a Loyola faculty member as modeling the passion for ideas and the generosity of spirit that enables liberal education to work. 


Ph.D. University of Virginia (1987)

Research Interests

Modern British and American literature; postmodern literature and theory; feminist and gender theory; women's studies; pedagogy


Faculty Member of the Year, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

Graduate Faculty Member of the Year, The Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2009

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:
"The Modernist Novel in its Contemporaneity," A History of the Modernist Novel. Edited by Gregory Castle. Cambridge UP, 2015, pp. 389-407. 

“The Temporality of Modernist Life Writing in the Era of Transsexualism: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Einar Wegener’s Man into Woman.Modern Fiction Studies, Fall 2013, pp. 501-525.

 “’The best people’: The Making of the Black Bourgeoisie in Writings of the Negro Renaissance.” Modernism/Modernity, Fall 2013, pp. 519-38.

"Virginia Woolf:  Radio, Gramophone, and Broadcasting."  in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf. Edited by Maggie Humm, Edinburgh UP, April 2010.

"Audible Identities:  Passing and Sound Technologies."  Special issue of Humanities Research. Edited by Monique Rooney and Carolyn Strance. Australian National University, July 2010.

"Time's Exception," Modernism and Theory. Edited by Stephen Ross. Routledge, 2008, pp. 207-34.

"Poststructuralist and Postmodernist Approaches to Virginia Woolf," in Palgrave Advances in Virgina Woolf Studies. Edited by Anna Snaith. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, pp. 143-68.

"The Example of Barbara Johnson." Special Issue on Barbara Johnson. Edited by Elizabeth Weed and Ellen Rooney. Differences, vol. 17, no. 3, November 2006, pp. 177-94.

"Modernism, Gender and Passing." Edited and introduced, in Gender in Modernism: New Geographies; Complex Intersections. General Editor Bonnie Kime Scott. U of Illinois P, 2006. 

Virginia Woolf Writing the World, co-edited with Diana L. Swanson. Clemson UP, 2015.

Disciplining Modernism, edited and introduced. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009.

Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, edited. Garland Publishing, 2000.

Passing and Pedagogy: The Dynamics of Responsibility. U of Illinois Press, 1999.

Virginia Woolf and Postmodernism: Literature in Quest and Question of Itself. U of Illinois Press, 1991.

Digital Projects:
Modernist Networks, co-director with David Chinitz. A federation of digital projects in modernist literature and culture, and the modernist node of ARC (Advanced Research Consortium). Launched November 2015. (www.modnets.org 

Woolf Online, co-editor with Mark Hussey, Nick Hayward, Peter Shillingsburg, and George K. Thiruvathukal. A digital archive of Woolf’s 1927 novel, To the Lighthouse. Launched December 2013 (www.woolfonline.com)