Part-time Professor and PhD Candidate

PhD English Literature, University of Ottawa (2014-present)
MA English, McMaster University (2012-2013)
BA (Spec. Hons., bilingual) English, Glendon College, York University (2009-2012)
BA Double Advanced Major History and Theatre, Dalhousie University (1995-1999; upgraded in 2008)

Room: MHN 340

Work E-mail: ksutt076@uottawa.ca


Non-degree Education

2015 - “The Pre-digital Book” - Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria
2016 - “Digital Pedagogy” – DHSI@Congress 2016, University of Calgary
2016 - “Issues in Digital Humanities” – DHSI@Congress 2016, University of Calgary
2018 - “The Theory and Practice of Undergraduate University Teaching” – TLSS, University of Ottawa


Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)
The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)


Current Research

Karenza Sutton-Bennett is a PhD candidate and part-time professor in the English Department at University of Ottawa. She is currently finishing her thesis on the didactic uses of women’s periodicals in the eighteenth century. Her research includes the textual and visual representations of women learning in periodicals, conduct books and didactic works of fiction.


Fields of Interest

Eighteenth-century Literature
Eighteenth-century Art
Eighteenth-century History
Book History
The History of Pedagogy in England


Work Experience

Winter 2018- Present - Instructor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Fall 2014 – Present – Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Fall 2016 to Spring 2017- Research Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Spring 2014 -Research Assistant, Department of English, McMaster University
Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 - Teaching Assistant, Department of English, McMaster University
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 - Teaching Assistant, Department of History, McMaster University


Scholarships and Awards

Graduate Admissions Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2014
Graduate Admissions Scholarship, McMaster University 2012


Research Contributions

“The Double-Edged Sword: Social Mobility and Ambition in Lady Audley’s Secret.” Literophile, Issue 2, Vol. 8 (forthcoming)


Conference Presentations

“Pieces of Margaret: William Shakespeare’s Distortion and Manipulations of a Medieval Queen.” Congress CSRS 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (June 2013).

“Return to Eden: Representations of Nature in Henry Vaughan’s Silex Scintillans.” Congress CSRS 2014, University of Brock, St. Catharines, ON (May 2014).

“Finding Balance: The Critiquing and Correcting of Female Education in Elizabeth Hamilton’s Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah.” CSECS 2014, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Oct 2014).

“Apocalypse Then: the Plague as the Embodiment of Revolution in Mary Shelley’s the Last Man.” ACCUTE 2016, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (May 2016).

“The Decay of Morals in Eighteenth Century England as Seen through the Textual and Visual works of Jonathan Swift and William Hogarth.” CSECS 2016, Queens University, ON (Oct 2016).

“Hogarth’s Act: A Printer’s Protest of Society’s Consumerism” Printers Unite!: at CPHC, The Marx Memorial Library, London UK (Nov 2016).

“Public Discourse in Disguise: The Use of Eidolons in Eighteenth-Century Female Periodicals.” Anonymity Unmasked, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon the Tyne, UK (Sept 2017).

“Freedom in the Eye of the Beholder: The formation of the Counterpublic in The Turkish Embassy Letters.” CSECS 2017, University of Toronto, Toronto (Oct 2017).

“Sarah Trimmer: A Rough Diamond.” CSECS 2018, Sheraton Gateway Hotel Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, ON (Oct 2018).

“A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Haywood’s Frontispiece and Debates about Women’s Learning.” Eliza Haywood: 300 Years of Love in Excess, Crowne Plaza Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (April 2019).

“Forming Identities through Education: Charlotte Lennox’s Didactic Women.” ISECS Congress 2019, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland (July 2019).


Guest Lectures

“Henry V: The Anatomy of a Leader/” 3rd year Shakespeare undergraduate course, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (November 2012).

"Doctor Who: The Problem with Regeneration or Why Does the Doctor Always Regenerate into a White Male?” 2nd year undergraduate science fiction course, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (December 2016).

“The Visual Representations of Shakespeare/” 4th year Seminar on Forgery in the Eighteenth Century, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (March 2017).

“A Lady’s Dressing Room: Satire of the Grotesque.” 1st year Seminar on Literature and Prose, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (January 2020).

Fields of Interest

  • 18th-century literature; 18th-century art; 18th-century history; book history; history of pedagogy in England
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