Ann Kibbie

Associate Professor of English

Teaching this semester

ENGL 1010. Literature and Medicine: Strange Cases

Explores representations of the practice of medicine in a wide range of short stories and novels, with special emphasis on strange, even horrific cases. Topics include portrayals of disease and disability, the complex relationships between physicians and patients, and the emphasis on women as subjects of medical inquiry and treatment. Readings include Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein,” Robert Louis Stevenson's “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and H.G. Wells's “The Island of Doctor Moreau.”

ENGL 2306/THTR 2813. Taking Liberties with Shakespeare

Playwrights for the Restoration and eighteenth-century stage set about improving Shakespeare, correcting what they saw as flaws in the original plays. “King Lear” received a happy ending. “The Tempest's” Caliban got a wife. “The Merchant of Venice” became “The Jew of Venice.” Compares the Shakespearean originals to the altered versions in order to explore questions of artistic license, revision, and changing notions of comedy and tragedy. Discusses how larger changes in the theater itself, including the use of women actors, transform the Shakespearean scene. Note: This class fulfills the pre-1800 literature requirement for English majors.

Ann's research focuses on representations of money and capital in early modern literature, the eighteenth-century novel, Samuel Richardson, sentimentalism, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic, law and literature, and literature and the history of medicine. Her teaching areas include Milton, restoration and eighteenth-century literature (all genres),  the novel,  the gothic, the sentimental, and Jane Austen.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • B.A., Boston University, 1981

Selected Publications

“Decay in Wax,” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 25.2 (April 2017), 165-187.

“Raving at Usurers.” Review of Dwight Codr, Raving at Usurers: Anti-Finance and the Ethics of Uncertainty in England, 1690-1750 (University of Virginia Press, 2016). Eighteenth-Century Fiction 29.3 (Spring 2017), 511-513.

"The Estate, the Corpse, and the Letter: Posthumous Possession in Clarissa," ELH, Spring 2007, Vol. 74, Issue 1, pp. 117-143.

"Circulating Anti-Semitism: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal," in The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects, and It-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. Mark Blackwell (Bucknell University Press, 2007).

“Object Narratives,” Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, ed. David Scott Kastan (Oxford University Press, 2006).

"Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana," PMLA 110 (1995) 1023-1034. Reprinted in Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Albert J. Rivero, New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.

"Sentimental Properties: Pamela and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," ELH 58.3 (1991) 561-577. ( link to article » locked jstor )

The Secret Life of Things     moll flanders

Selected Papers Presented

“‘Miraculously Re-Embodied’: Transfusion and the Transgendered Self in William Delisle Hay’s Blood: A Tragic Tale.” The Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Hosted by Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) October 2014.

“Figuring Transfusion.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Williamsburg, Virginia) March 2014.

“Contemplating Rot.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (San Antonio, Texas) March 2012.

“Transfusing Blood/Transfusing Identity.” Bloodwork Conference. University of Maryland (College Park) May 2011.

“Sympathy for the Dead: Adam Smith, Henry Brooke, and William Godwin.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Albuquerque, New Mexico) March 2010.

“Transfusing Blood/Transfusing Feeling,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Richmond, VA) February 2009.

"The Mint of Nothing: From Usury to Literary Property." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Halifax, Nova Scotia. November 2001.

"The Narrative of Circulation and the Blood Libel: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal." British Comparative Literature Association Ninth International Conference. University of Wales, Swansea. July 2001. ( abstract » )

"A New Species of Property: Anatomy, Embalming, and Clarissa's Corpse." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Washington D.C. December 2000.

"The Dead Hand of Ownership: Clarissa and the Property in Corpses." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Portland, Maine. October 2000.

"I am Nobody's': Clarissa, Corpses, and the Limits of Property." Northeast Conference of the Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 1999.

"For the Blood is the Life': Blood Transfusion, Obstetrics, and Stoker's Dracula." International Conference on Narrative. Dartmouth College. April 1999.

"Draining Bodies: Blood Transfusion and Vampirism in Braddon's 'Good Lady Ducayne' and Stoker's Dracula." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Berkeley, California. April 1997.

"The Terror in the Wax Museum: Realism and the French Revolution." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Toronto. December 1993.

"Defoe's Roxana and the Character of Capital." Fourth Annual Meeting of the Aphra Behn Society. Portland, Maine. September 1993.

"Nature's Unbounded Son': Richard Savage and the Strategies of Self-Authorship." The DeBartolo Conference for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Tampa Florida. February 1991.

"The Lady's Legacy: Will and Female Personality." The Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Macomb Illinois. October 1990.

Selected Grants and Honors

NEH Summer Stipend (Summer 2000)

Finalist, William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA for "Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana" (1995)

Karofsky Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bowdoin College (1992)


Gibbons Student Jenny Ibsen ’18: Mapping London’s Mass Graves (Bowdoin News, July 14, 2016)

Off the Shelf: Associate Professor of English Ann Kibbie (Bowdoin News,  March 21, 2016)

Three Profs Put a Digital Spin on Humanities Classes (Bowdoin News, February 3, 2015)

Faculty profile: English Professor and Frank Sinatra Fan, Ann Kibbie (Bowdoin News,  February 20, 2015)

Digital Humanities @ Bowdoin – Ann Kibbie (Bowdoin News,  January 15, 2014)