Kathleen Béres Rogers

Professor and Director of Medical Humanities

Address: 74 George, room 102
Office Hours: 10-12 Tuesdays (on Zoom, personal Meeting Space), and by appt. on Zoom.
Phone: 843.953.5925
E-mail: rogerskb@cofc.edu

Kathleen Béres Rogers joined the faculty in 2008. She teaches courses in late eighteenth- to early nineteenth-century British literature and culture and, more broadly, in literature and medicine. She has published about medical and proto-psychological phenomena in the Romantic era, is currently working on an article about service learning in literary studies, and is working toward a potential monograph about Romantic obsession. She is also the College of Charleston representative on the medical humanities committee at MUSC.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.A., Boston College

Research Interests

  • British Romantic literature and culture
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Gender and Body Studies
  • Hungarian Romanticism

Courses Taught

ENGL 462: Senior Seminar: Romanticism and the Body

ENGL 321: The Romantic Period

ENGL 215: Interdisciplinary Composition

ENGL 350: John Keats: Cultivating Sympathy and Detachment 


"Embodied Sympathy and Divine Detachment in Crimean War Medical Poetry," War, Literature, and the Arts.

“Public Intimacies:  Frances Burney and Jane Cave Winscom’s Accounts of Illness,” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN).

"The Boldness of Imagination: Illness Narratives outside the Classroom," forthcoming in Service Learning and Literary Studies, ed. Roberta Rosenberg and Laurie Grobman. Published by MLA.

Review, Porscha Fermanis’s “John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment.” Keats-Shelley Journal (2012).

"Breeding Scorpions in the Brain: Obsession in Keats's Isabella, or the Pot of Basil," Essays in Romanticism, v. 19 (2012).

"Objects and Objectivity: Harriet Martineau as Nineteenth-Century Cyborg," co-written with Abigail Mann. Prose Studies 33:3 (February 2012) 241-256.

"Permeability and Its Uses: Affect and Audience in Charlotte Smith's Elegiac Sonnets" in Women's Writing (16.1, May 2009).

"A Kind of Necessary Inhumanity": Cultivating Negative Capability through the Clinical Gaze" in Studies in the Humanities (December 2007).

She has also published an article about Agnes Mahoney for Alexander Press's Irish Romantic Women Writers (ed. Stephen Behrendt), and writes regular book reviews for ECCB.