Portrait of Dr Jillian Caddell

Dr Jillian Caddell

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature


BA (University of North Carolina); MA, PhD (Cornell University) 

Jillian Caddell is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature. Dr Caddell joined Kent in 2019 after teaching at George Mason University and American University in the US. Her current work centers on literature of the American Civil War and its intersections with questions of history and memory. She has published her work in The New England Quarterly, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Apollo: the International Art Magazine, as well as two edited collections: Literary Cultures of the Civil War (ed. Timothy Sweet) and Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image (eds. Kathleen Diffley and Benjamin Fagan). 

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • Civil War literature and memory
  • Memorialization in U.S. culture
  • Nineteenth-century American poetry, particularly by women 


Dr Caddell is currently convening the module on nineteenth-century American literature. In the past, she has taught on topics including mystery stories, girlhood in 19th-century U.S. literature, monuments and memory in American culture, writing for academic audiences, and more.

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