Dr Catherine Mary Mainland

Senior Lecturer


Catherine Mainland studied German in her native Scotland before moving to North Carolina in 2001. She received her MA and PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 and 2006, then a second MA in English Literature from NCSU in 2008. She has taught a range of American, Western and Eastern World Literature survey courses, and Composition courses, both at NCSU and Campbell University. She also teaches in the NCSU Honors College, and the MALS and FYI programmes.

Given her diverse research background, she considers herself a generalist, and has published and presented on Kate Chopin, Georg Hermann, Mary Shelley and ETA Hoffmann, and literature pedagogy. Recent conference presentations examined the political propaganda of The Brus (1375, the first extant text of Scots literature), and domestic colonialism in Sophie von la Roche’s Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim (1771), and that paper has since also been published. Her current research project is an exploration of male hysteria in American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the works of Hawthorne, James, and Norris.

In her spare time, Dr. Mainland reads in English, German, Dutch, and French, and talks about literature with her book club. If no-one else is available, she’ll also talk about literature to her cats, who enjoy this immensely.