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Women's Writing

Gill Frith, BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Warwick) – Emeritus

British women's fiction (Victorian to contemporary); feminist literary theory and cultural theory. She is the author of “Dreams of Difference: Women and Fantasy” (1992) and of a number of essays on reading and gender. Her most recent publication is ‘Playing with Shawls: George Eliot’s Use of Corinne in The Mill on the Floss’ in George Eliot and Europe, ed. John Rignall (1997). She is currently completing a book on the representation of female friendship and national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels by British women writers.


Cathia Jenainati, BA (Dist.), MA (Hons.), PhD (Warwick) - Associate Professor

Dr Jenainati specialises in Anglophone writing in the North American continent, especially fiction from the 19th and 20thc. She has published essays on Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro as well as an overview article on the development of short fiction in Canada 1845-1945. She is author of Introducing Feminism (Icon, 2006) and the forthcoming Idiomatic English (OUP, 2009). Her research interests range from 19thc writing by settlers and travel writers to contemporary Anglophone and Francophone Canadian fiction. She has edited a collection of essays on Narratives of Old Age (CSP, 2008) and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Margaret Atwood’s Narratives of Remembering (Liverpool). Her next research project will be a comparative study of first nations’ stories of settlement and invasion in Canada and the US.Dr Jenainati has supervised dissertations on particular authors such as Angela Carter, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, Thomas King and Sherman Alexie; and on topics ranging from ‘absent mothers in 19thc British children’s literature’, to ‘doubles and doubling in the fiction of Woolf, Cunningham, Stevenson and Martin’. Although she researches and publishes mainly in the field of North American writing, Dr Jenainati is 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).


Rashmi Varma, BA, MA (Delhi), PhD (University of Illinois, Chicago) – Associate Professor

Research interests in South Asian, African and Caribbean literatures in English; more generally, postcolonial studies and postcolonial theory; feminist theory, Marxism and cultural materialism; cultural studies. Publications on citizenship in the postcolonial city; the figure of the ‘tribal’ in Anglophone Indian writing; (im)migration and diaspora; and the postcolonial public sphere. A monograph, Unhomely Women: Refiguring the Postcolonial City and its Subjects, is out from Duke University Press.