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Kathleen James-Cavan B.A. Hons. (Trent), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's), M.Div. (St. Andrew's College)

Associate Professor

Sessional Lecturer in English

Research Area(s)

  • 18th Century women authors
  • The works of Jane Austen, works by and about people with disabilities in Eighteenth-century Britain
  • Disability culture in Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Literature and Theology in Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Critical disability theory, feminist theory

About me

Kathleen James-Cavan has published editions of William Hay's Deformity: An Essay (1754), and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. She has published articles in Prose Studies, Studies in the Novel, and Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has given conference papers on the disabled MP and memoirist, William Hay; Jane Austen; Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; and Edmund Spenser. Her research concerns primarily disability in eighteenth-century literature and writing by women of the later 18th century.


Deformity: An Essay William Hay.”  In Couser, G. Thomas, and Susannah B. Mintz, (eds.). Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference. 172-176.

“‘Cruel Comfort’: A Reading of the Theological Critique in Sense and Sensibility.” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line 32.2 (2012). n. pag. Web (4,660 words)

"'[A]ll in me in Nature': The Values of Deformity in William Hay's Deformity: An Essay." reprinted in Brueggemann, Brenda Jo and Marian E. Lupo, eds. Disability and/in Prose. London: Routledge, 2008. pp. 17-28.


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Awards & Honours

  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching, awarded by College of Arts and Science, Division of Humanities & Fine Arts July 2012