Geremy Carnes is associate professor of English at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan (2012). Carnes’s teaching and research focus on early modern British literature and history, particularly that of the long eighteenth century. His recent work concentrates on the experiences of the eighteenth-century English Catholic community and the literature produced by it and about it.

His monograph, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791 (U of Delaware P, 2017), challenges prevailing narratives which attribute the development of early modern British literature to a distinctly Protestant culture. Drawing upon recent historical research, it demonstrates that the English Catholic community was not intellectually and culturally moribund as is often assumed, but was a modern, dynamic, publicly engaged minority. Placing eighteenth-century English literature within the context of the Catholic community’s history, the book argues that this community made considerable contributions to the literary history of the period, and that the hopes and anxieties produced by its engagement with the Protestant majority animated much of eighteenth-century literature.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, English Language & Literature (August 2012)

B.A., University of Notre Dame, English (May 2005)


Doctor Who’s Shaken Faith in Science: Mistrusting Science from the Gothic to the Neo-Gothic.” Neo-Gothic Narratives: Illusory Allusions from the Past, edited by Sarah E. Maier and Brenda Ayres, Anthem Press, 2020, pp. 155-68.

“Tyrannick Faith: Martyr Drama, the Heroic Mode, and Dryden’s Tyrannick Love.” Restoration, vol. 42, no. 1, 2018, pp. 31-54.

“Eloisa to Abelard to Eloisa: English Catholics and the Development of Gothic Fiction.” The Ways of Fiction: New Essays on the Literary Cultures of the Eighteenth Century, edited by Nicholas J. Crowe, Cambridge Scholars, 2018, pp. 46-69.

The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791. U of Delaware P, 2017.

“Catholic Conversion and Incest in Dryden’s Don Sebastian.” Restoration, vol. 38, no. 2, 2014, pp. 3-19.

“‘Let not religion be named between us’: Catholic Struggle and the Religious Context of Feminism in A Simple Story.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel, vol. 9, 2012, pp. 193-235.

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