University of Alberta, BSN
University of Alberta, BA Hons, MA, PhD

Catherine Nelson-McDermott has been teaching at UBC since 1996. Her research, publication, and teaching areas include modernist literature (particularly British, most specifically Bloomsbury); post-colonial literature and theory and colonial discourse analysis; sexuality and feminism; and composition/rhetoric. She also has some background in both the 18th century British novel and Heian Japanese literature in translation (most specifically Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji Monogatari).

An ex-RN, she edits and writes professionally in the medical field (since 1988), and she was the CGA-Canada’s Business Communication 1 course author and Examiner from 2003 to 2015. She also teaches science writing with the Writing Centre and the Master of Food Science program.

Catherine frequently has several rescued greyhound and/or sled dogs in tow (or they have her in tow), and she performs twice a month with a community opera troupe.

  • Science and Society: An Anthology for Readers and Writers. Peterborough: Broadview, 2014 (edited and introduction/appendices on scientific and academic writing and publishing, including conventions of citation with Laura Buzzard and Don LePan)
  • “Visions of an Incurable Rationalist: Leonard Woolf’s Stories of the East.” ARIEL. 42.3-4 (July-October 2011): 197-215.
  • Genji Monogatari.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul E. Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.
  • “Disorderly Conduct: Parody and Coded Humor in Jacob’s Room and The Years.” Woolf Studies Annual. 5 (1999): 79-95.
  • “Postmodernism Meets the Great Beyond: Les guerilleres and The Lesbian Body.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 21, 3 (September 1994): 325-330. Feminism and Postmodernism Theme Issue.
  • “Myal-ing Criticism: Beyond Colonizing Dialectics.” ARIEL. 24, 4 (October 1993): 53-70. Excerpted substantially, without permission, in Caribbean Women Writers. Ed Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 1997. 26-28.
  • Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance.” Eds. Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel. Atlantis. 18, 1/2 (Fall-Summer 1992-1993): 252-255. (rev.)
  • “Virginia Woolf and Murasaki Shikibu: A Question of Perception.” Virginia Woolf  Miscellanies: Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Eds. Mark Hussey and Vara Neverow-Turk. NY: Pace University Press, 1992. 133-143.
  • “Passionate Beauty: The Sappho Poems.” Canadian Poetry. 27 (Fall/Winter 1990): 40-45.


On-line Courses:

  • English 304A, Advanced Composition, launched May 2015; co-authored with Judy Z. Segal. (UBC Connect)
  • Scientific Writing, UBC Writing Centre, launched September 2014. (Moodle)
  • English 462A, Modern British and Irish Novel, launched January 2014; co-authored with Gisèle M. Baxter. (UBC Connect)
  • CGA Communications 1, Lesson Modules, launched 2006; major revision 2009. (Blackboard)