Kristen Treen, King's

Degree: PhD
Course: AmLit
Supervisor: Dr T Follini
Dissertation Title:

A Study of the American Civil War's Material Culture in Modern Literature

Biographical Information

I am a Wolfson Scholarship PhD student working on a thesis which examines the impact of the American Civil War's material culture upon literary form and cultural formation from 1861 to the early twentieth century. Authors central to my project include Walt Whitman, Henry James, Herman Melville, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Mary Noailles Murfree, William Dean Howells, and Stephen Crane; objects central to it include battlefield souvenirs, broken domestic objects and architectures, and public statuary.

I completed my undergraduate degree at Jesus College, Cambridge, and my MPhil in American Literature at King's College, Cambridge.

I am a contributing editor of online quarterly The Junket (

Research Interests

* American Civil War Literature and Memory

* Material Culture and the Material Text

* Affect Theory

* American Periodical Culture

* Nineteenth-century American Law and Literature

* Nineteenth-century Technology

Areas of Supervision


Paper 1 - Practical Criticism & Critical Practice

Paper 7A - English Literature 1830-1945



Paper 1 - Practical Criticism

Paper 14 - American Literature


I have supervised Part I and II dissertations on the Southern Gothic (William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty); American Civil War poetry and photography; twentieth century American Drama; twentieth century American periodicals.

Selected Publications


'Stereopticon' in Writing, Machine, Code: Modern Technographies, ed. by Sean Pryor and David Trotter (forthcoming, 2016)



'Southern Women Novelists and the Civil War: Trauma and Collective Memory in the American Literary Tradition Since 1861' by Sharon Talley, South Carolina Review (Fall 2015)

'The Civil War and American Art' by Eleanor Jones Harvey, Critical Quarterly (October 2014)

'The Civil War in 50 Objects' by Harold Holzer, The Journal of the Civil War Era (March 2014)

'Tell it with Pride: The Shaw Memorial' ed. by Sarah Greenough and Nancy K. Anderson, Apollo (October 2013)