Dr Catherine Armstrong


Research Interests

Catherine Armstrong was chair of the Print Networks conference committee from 2007-2016 and convenor of the Book History Research Network from 2011-2016. She is also co-editor, with Simon Eliot, of the journal Publishing History.

Catherine's research interests focus on textual and visual representations in print of the landscape of North America in the colonial period. She has published two books on this: Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century (Ashgate, 2007) and Landscape and Memory in North America's Southern Colonies (Ashgate, 2013).

More broadly, she is interested in print culture of the Anglophone world in the early modern period and the eighteenth century, specifically how books, knowledge and book trade practitioners cross national boundaries.



Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century. Farnham: Ashgate (2007) http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754657002

Landscape and Identity in North America’s Southern Colonies 1660-1745 Farnham: Ashgate (2013)

A Scholarly Edition of a Seventeenth-Century Anonymous Commonplace Book in the British Library: How People Received and Responded to the Books They Read. Lewiston New York: Edwin Mellen Press (2014)

with L. Chmielewski Atlantic Experiences: People, Places, Ideas. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2014) https://he.palgrave.com/page/detail/?sf1=barcode&st1=9780230272743 

Using Non-Textual Sources: An Historian’s Guide. London: Bloomsbury Publishing (2015) http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/using-non-textual-sources-9781472505712/


Edited bOOKS

Historical Insights:  Teaching North American History Using Images and Material Culture Higher Education Academy e-book, available at:




‘Atlantic Explorations: Europe discovers a Wider World’, Modern History Review, 18 (1), 2015, pp. 24-28

‘Imperial Borderland? Fear and Rivalry in representations in print of the landscape of Carolina and Louisiana 1660-1753’, E-Rea: Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone, 13 (2) 2016.

‘Combining Reminiscence Therapy with Oral History to Intervene in the Lives of the Isolated Elderly’, 4000 word narrative review, Counselling Psychology Review, revisions accepted, to be published late 2016.



‘Teaching Slavery in a Global Context’ in Slavery: Past, Present and Future, ed. Catherine Armstrong & Jaya Priyadarshina. Freeland: Interdisciplinary Press, e-book, forthcoming 2016

‘Painful Histories: the Challenges of Teaching Slavery in the University Classroom’, in Slavery, ed. David Wilkins, Mukesh Kumar and Polina Smiragina. Freeland: Interdisciplinary Press, in press, 2016

‘‘Virginia’s God Be Thanked’: The Use of Print in England in Response to the 1622 Virginia Massacre’ in Connected by Books: Transatlantic Literary Connections 1620-1860, ed. James Raven and Leslie Howsam. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 23-41  

‘“Boiled and stewed with roots and herbs”: everyday tales of cannibalism in Early Modern Virginia’ in The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England, ed. Garthine Walker and Angela McShane. (London: Palgrave Macmillan,2011), pp. 161-176

‘New World Writing’ in The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, ed. Nicholas McDowell & Henry Power.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)


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