Rowe, Karen E.

Professor Emerita

Kaplan 289
Tel: 310.825.2919 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



Ph.D., Indiana Univ., 1971.



Colonial American (to 1800); Women’s Literature; Renaissance; Seventeenth-Century English Literature. Professor Rowe has also published articles that range broadly into Education/Curriculum Transformation focusing on Race and Gender, Fairy Tales (German, French, 17th-18th Century), and on the History of Education in a Comparative Context (Korea and the United States).


Selected Publications

Saint and Singer: Edward Taylor’s Typology and the Poetics of Meditation. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

“Edward Taylor.” In The Heath Anthology of American Literature. 3rd Edition. Ed. Paul Lauter, Richard Yarborough, et. al. 2 vols. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1998, vol. 1, pp. 366-407.

“The Rise of Women’s Education in the United States and Korea: A Struggle for Educational and Occupational Equality.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 3.2 (1997) 30-93 (with Byong-suh Kim).

“Multiculturalism and the Humanities Core: From Policy to Pedagogy.” In Selected Papers from the Texas Seminar on the Core Curriculum, 1993, 1994, 1995. Eds. Shirley D. Ezell and Cay Smith Osmon. Houston: Univ. of Houston and Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995, pp. 49-69.

“Shifting Models, Creating Visions: Process and Pedagogy for Curriculum Transformation”; “Ford Ethnic Women’s Curriculum Transformation Project (FEW): Seven UCLA Curriculum Development Seminar Syllabi.” In Women of Color and the Multicultural Curriculum: Transforming the College Classroom. Eds. Liza Fiol-Matta and Mariam K. Chamberlain. New York: The Feminist Press, 1994, pp. 25-36, 56-138.

Introduction. The Puritan Character: Polemics and Polarities in Early Seventeenth-Century English Culture. By Patrick Collinson. Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 1989.

“To Spin A Yarn: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale.” In Fairy Tales and Society. Ed. R. B. Bottigheimer. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1986, pp. 53-74.

“Prophetic Visions: Typology and Colonial American Poetry.” In Puritan Poets and Poetics. Ed. Peter White. Univ. Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1985, pp. 47-66.

“‘Fairy-born and human-bred’: Jane Eyre’s Education in Romance.” In The Voyage In: Fictions of Female Development. Ed. Abel, Hirsch, and Langland. Hanover, New Hampshire: Univ. Press of New England, 1983, pp. 69-89, 327-330.

“Feminism and Fairy Tales.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6 (1979), 237-257.

“Sacred or Profane?: Edward Taylor’s Meditations on Canticles.” Modern Philology, 72 (1974), 123-138.

“A Biblical Illumination of Taylorian Art.” American Literature, 40 (1968), 370-374.


Additional Information

Awards and Service: UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 1982. Fellow of the Bryn Mawr/HERS Mid-Atlantic Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, 1986. Executive Committee, Division on American Literature to 1800, Modern Language Association, 1989-94. Chair of the Division and MLA Program, 1992. Editorial Board Member, Early American Literature, 1987-1990.

Interest Areas
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• American Literature & Culture
• Renaissance & Early Modern Studies