Dr Roxanne Douglas

Dr Roxanne Douglas

Department of English Literature
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of English
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Roxanne Douglas specialises in bringing together feminist theory, World-Literature theories, and Gothic studies, with a focus on Arab feminist writing in translation. She is also interested in women’s writing across borders, gendered history, sexuality studies, World-Systems approaches, and GoHoW (Gothic, Horror, and the Weird) across literary forms.


Roxanne started her teaching career teaching in HE in the English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS) Department at the University of Warwick in 2016 alongside her PhD. From there, she began teaching and convening across ECLS, Liberal Arts, History, Warwick Business School, Warwick Law School, and the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. Roxanne won institution-wide teaching at awards Warwick in 2018 and 2021, and launched a feminist reading group for Undergraduates in 2020.

Roxanne completed her PhD in early 2020, and since has published in Feminist Theory and with Bloomsbury. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of International Women’s Studies, and co-organised the hybrid ‘Women in World-Literature’ conference, which welcomed over 200 delegates across online and in-person platforms, with Dr Fiona Farnsworth. Fiona and Roxanne hope to launch a research network emerging from this conference to focus on feminist approaches to World-Literature.


Roxanne’s research uniquely imbricates World-Literature, feminist theory, and Gothic studies to analyse Arab feminist writing in English. She is currently working on her monograph, tentatively titled Feminism and World-Literature in Arab Women’s Writing: The Gothic as ‘Critical Irrealism’.

She has published on the Arab Feminist Gothic in Feminist Theory and has forthcoming publications in the Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Hypatia, and Life Writing. She is also a co-editor of Decolonizing the Undead: Rethinking Zombies in World-Literature, Film, and Media alongside Prof. Stephen Shapiro and Dr Giulia Champion, which has been released by Bloomsbury recently.

She also has given a number of public workshops with the Romancing the Gothic series.