Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Katherine Ellison

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Co-Editor, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries

Office Address: STV 421 K
Office Phone: (309) 438-7893
Office Hours: R 11:00-12:00
Email: Contact Katherine Ellison (keellis)
Website: Visit Katherine Ellison’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG216.01Studies in Eighteenth Century English Literature T R 09:35 - 10:50STV 0250
ENG400.03Independent Study   
Teaching Interests:
17th- and 18th-Century British Literature & Culture, Early Modern and 18th-Century Women Writers, Forensic Philology, Book History, The History of the Novel, Satire, Global Approaches to the 18th Century, Media Studies, Digital Humanities
Research Interests:
17th- & 18th-century cryptography, the history of intelligence and the commercialization of information, 3D modeling, and digital humanities.
MA, Ph.D., Emory University, 2004

B.A., Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, 1998
Selected Publications:


The Whispering Office: A Cultural History of Early Modern British Cryptography, under review.

Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Defoe. Ed. Katherine Ellison, Kit Kincade, and Holly Faith Nelson. New York: AMS Press. Forthcoming 2013.

Fatal News: Reading and Information Overload in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature. New York: Taylor & Francis Books Routledge, 2006.


"Mediation and Intelligence in Defoe's A Vision of the Angelic World" in Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Defoe. Ed. Katherine Ellison, Kit Kincade, and Holly Faith Nelson. New York: AMS Press. Forthcoming 2014.

"Erotic Death Machines: Sex and Execution in James Boswell's Writings" in Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Ed. Jolene Zigarovich. New York: Routledge, 2013. 183-199 

Ellison, Katherine and Huff, Cynthia. "Reading Our Foremothers: Victorian and Eighteenth-Century Literary Mothers and Millenial Readers." Maternal Pedagogies: In and Outside the Classroom. Ed. Deborah Byrd and Fiona Green. Ontario: Demeter Press, 2011. 171-182.


Ellison, Katherine. "Digital Scholarship as Handwork and Brainwork: An Early Modern History of Cryptography." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. 13.4 (Fall 2013). 29-46.

Ellison, Katherine. "Millions of Millions of Distinct Orders: Multimodality in Seventeenth-Century Cryptography Manuals." Book History. 14 (Fall 2011): 1-24.

Ellison, Katherine and Matthews, Carol. "Virtual History: A Socially Networked Pedagogy of Enlightenment." Educational Research. 52.3 (2010): 297-307.

Ellison, Katherine. "Heroic Sustainability: Composing Virtual Gardens." Academic Exchange Quarterly. 13.4 (2009): 141-145.

Ellison, Katherine. "James Boswell's Revisions of Death as The Hypochondriack and in the London Journals," Eighteenth-Century Fiction.  20.4  (2008) :  37-59.

Ellison, Katherine. "Cryptogrammatophoria: The Romance and Novelty of Losing Readers in Code." Eighteenth-Century Fiction.  20.3  (2008) :  287-311.

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