Kate Faber Oestreich is Assistant Professor of Literature, Writing, and New Media at Coastal Carolina University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1997, a master’s degree in English in 2003, and a Ph.D. in English in 2008 from The Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization include English literature of the long nineteenth century; critical theory, especially those concerned with feminism, hierarchies of sexual pleasure, cultural materialism, and sartorial semiotics; and multimodal composition.
The Victorians Institute Journal has accepted for publication in their next issue her article, “Sue’s Desires: Sexuality and Reform Fashion in Jude the Obscure.” Oestreich and Daniel J. Ennis’s article, “Gothic Remediation: The Castle of Otranto and The Monk,” was published in 2011 by The CEA Critic. Her article on George Eliot’s Adam Bede is included in the edited collection Straight Writ Queer: Non-normative Expressions of Heterosexual Desire in Literature (2006), and her dissertation is entitled, Fashioning Chastity: British Marriage Plots and the Tailoring of Desire, 1790-1930 (2008). Oestreich has also published scholarly reviews in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, presented her scholarship at both national and international conferences, garnered grants from Horry County Higher Education Commission and the Coastal Educational Foundation, and been an invited guest lecturer at Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China.
Oestreich has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes on literature, new media, film, and composition at Coastal Carolina University, as well as similar undergraduate courses at The Ohio State University and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She joined the Coastal faculty in 2008.