Rima Abunasser

Instructor I
British Literature, Global Literatures
18th Century, Race and Ethnic Studies
Colonial-Postcolonial Studies and Anglophone Literature, Transatlantic/Transnational, Travel Literature, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Phone Number: (817) 257-5143
Office Number: Reed Hall 411


Ph.D. (2003) University of North Texas. English Literature and Theory

M.A. (1999) University of North Texas. Literature and Literary Criticism

B.A. (1998) Yarmouk University. English Language and Literature


Rima Abunasser’s current research examines the ways in which Arab women writers rearticulate nationalism and reject the monolithic image of woman as a signifier of tradition and nation. Dr. Abunasser is interested in how writings by Arab women participate in revolutionary and post-revolutionary discourse, challenging the assumption that the Arab woman has a single, fixed role to play in the national, and pan-Arab, identity narrative. She is also the co-editor of Bahamut, a bi-annual literature anthology series dedicated to the translation and publication of transgressive work from around the globe. Her teaching interests reflect this global perspective, as Dr. Abunasser frequently teaches global literature and writing courses, with the goal of introducing her students to, and involving them in, ongoing transnational conversations about agency and cultural production.


Bahamut: Vol. I.

Eds. Rima Abunasser & Darin Bradley. Puyallup: Resurrection House, 2015. Print (Forthcoming)

“The Commerce of Knowledge in Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas.”

Global Economies, Cultural Currencies of the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz. New York: AMS Press, 2012. 215-29. Print.

“Daniel Defoe and the Economic Production of English National Identity,”

in XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 5 (2008): 3-12. Print.

“Nadine Gordimer.”

Contemporary Novelists. Ed. Neil Schlager. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. Print.


NEH Summer Institute, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature the Arts, and Cinema Since Independence. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Summer 2014.

Department of English Service Award; TCU, Fort Worth, TX, Spring 2014.

Wise Woman Teaching Award, nominee; TCU, Fort Worth, TX, Spring 2014.

Wise Woman Teaching Award, nominee; TCU, Fort Worth, TX, Spring 2013.


Introduction to Fiction: Global Fiction

Global Women’s Literature

British Novel to 1832

Introduction to Composition: First-Year Seminar:  Non-Western Women’s Literature

Women in Literature and Culture: Postcolonial Women’s Literature