Dr Catherine Mary Mainland

Senior LecturerScheduling Officer


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 teaches a range of American and Western World Literature survey courses and ENG 305: Women and Literature. She also teaches regularly in the NCSU Honors and Scholars Program, and she is on the advisory board of the MALS program, for which she develops graduate seminars.

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 domestic colonialism in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South and male hysteria in the works of Hawthorne. Her most recent research project is a broader exploration of male hysteria in American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the works of Hawthorne, James, and Norris. She is currently coediting a collected volume entitled Silenced Masculinities.

In her spare time, Dr. Mainland writes fiction, reads in English, German, and Dutch, and talks about literature with her book club. If no-one else is available, she’ll also talk about literature to her cat, who enjoys this immensely. Her other hobbies include traveling, playing chess, and eating.