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Professor Cathia Jenainati


BA (Dist.), MA (AUB Hons.), PhD (Warwick);

2012 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE);

2005 Butterworth Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence; Memberships in MLA, Margaret Atwood Society; BAAS;

Research interests

Women's writing in the North American continent; nineteenth-century writing by settlers and travel writers; contemporary Anglophone and Francophone Canadian fiction; Literature of the Arabic-speaking world; Theory and History of the Women's movement.


Introducing Feminism (Icon, 2006; revised edition 2009)
Margaret Atwood's Novels of Remembering

The Book of Wendigo

Teaching and supervision

From 1 August 2014-31 August 2017 I will be seconded to the Vice Chancellor's office to take up the posts of Academic Director for the BA in Liberal Arts and Academic Director for the BASc in Global Sustainable Development. During this period my teaching and supervision commitments will be reduced.

I have supervised a broad range of dissertation topics on North American Writing of the 19th and 20th centuries; The History of the Women's movement in Europe, North America and The Arab World; Children's literature; and Contemporary British Literature. I am also interested in supervising dissertations on contemporary Arab and Francophone literature (especially Egyptian, Moroccan, Saudi, Tunisian and Lebanese authors who write either in Arabic or in French). Particular topics that interest me are narratives of memory and remembering, history and historiography, narratives of old age, early travel narratives by female writers.

Administrative Duties

At university level: elected member of the Senate; Academic Quality and Strategy Committee; Board of Undergraduate Studies; Ethics Committee

At faculty level: I chair the Arts Faculty's Undergraduate Studies Committee; Staff convenor for the SSLCs in the Arts faculty; Board of Arts;

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H420; email; Office hours by appointment; ext. 73093