Catherine Mainland studied German in her native Scotland before moving to North Carolina in 2001. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and 2006, then a second M.A. in English Literature from North Carolina State University in 2008. She has taught a range of American and Western World Literature survey courses and Composition courses, both at NCSU and Campbell University. She also teaches in the NCSU Honors College, the MALS programme, and the FYI programme.
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 Sophie von la Roche’s Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim (1771) and male hysteria in the works of Hawthorne. Her current 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.
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.