Kara Wittman

Director of College Writing and Assistant Professor of English
  • Expertise


    Kara Wittman specializes in 19th-century British literature and narrative and novel theory; she also works on the theory and practice of writing pedagogy, rhetoric, and composition. Her current project is study of the relationship between the marginalia readers leave in works of literature and the feedback reviewers and professors offer in the margins of student work. She is also interested in representations of phatic communication (small talk, loosely) in works of fiction and then again in literature and writing classrooms. Wittman’s essays have been published by the Northern California Writing Center Association and in College Composition and Communication.

    Research Interests

    • Literature and philosophy of language
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Theories of reading and responding
    • Representations of speech events and functions in literature
    • Nineteenth-century British literature
    • History and philosophy of Western science

    Areas of Expertise

    • British Romanticism
    • Nineteenth-century British poetry and prose
    • Narrative theory/theory of the novel
    • Writing theory and pedagogy
  • Work


    • “Literacy Narratives in the Margins,” College Composition and Communication, June 2016
    • “Jakobson’s Birdsong:  Unwritten Language in the Writing Tutorial,” NCWCA Vol. 1:2 Feb. 2016
  • Education


    Stanford University

    Master of Arts
    Stanford University

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Arizona