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Cathy Caruth

Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters

247 Goldwin Smith Hall


Cathy Caruth teaches in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature. She focuses on the languages of trauma and testimony, on literary theory, and on contemporary discourses concerning the annihilation and survival of language. Her most recent books are Literature in the Ashes of History (Hopkins, 2013) and Listening to Trauma: Conversations with Leaders in the Theory and Treatment of Catastrophic Experience (Interviews and Photography by Cathy Caruth) (Hopkins, 2014).


    • Comparative Literature
    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature
    • Comparative Literature


    • Milton and Romantics
    • Literary theory
    • Literature and theory of trauma



    • Addressing Life, a collection of critical essays
    • Language in Intimacy and Isolation: Clinical and Theoretical Writings by Elaine G. Caruth, Ph.D.