Cathy Caruth

Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters
Graduate Faculty Member

B.A., Princeton University, 1977
Ph.D., Yale University, 1988
Cathy Caruth


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).

Research and Teaching Interests

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

Current Projects

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