About Dr Catherine Brown

Dr Catherine Brown is Head of Faculty and a Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the Humanities. She studied English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

She then moved out into academic and practical politics, lived in New York and Moscow, learned Spanish and Russian, and took an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (LSE) and an MA in Comparative Literature (UCL), before returning to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge for her PhD, and Diploma in Russian, as an Anglo-Russian comparatist. She then taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Greenwich, and Oxford, before becoming a founding Faculty member of New College of the Humanities, and leading the creation of the NCH English degree.



PhD in English and Russian Literature, University of Cambridge (2008)

Diploma in Russian Language, University of Cambridge (2005)

MA in Comparative Literature (Distinction), University College London (2003)

MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (Distinction), London School of Economics (1999)

BA in English Literature (Double First), University of Cambridge (1998)


Professional Affiliations 

Member of Advisory Committee of 2020 15th International DH Lawrence Committee

Ex-officio member of the Committee of the DH Lawrence of North America

Ex-officio member of Central Committee of International DH Lawrence Conferences

Vice President of DH Lawrence Society


Academic Honours

Academic Podcaster of the Year, University of Oxford (2012)




twitter handle @Neolawrencian

Dr Catherine Brown's Research

Dr. Brown specialises in literature of forty years either side of 1900, and especially in George Eliot and D.H. Lawrence.  She is Vice-President of the D.H. Lawrence Society and was Executive Director of the 14th International D.H. Lawrence Conference, held at NCH in 2017.


Selected Books

DH Lawrence and the Arts, co-editor with Sue Reid (forthcoming 2020, Edinburgh University Press)

Journal of DH Lawrence Studies, Volume 5, No. 2, 2019, ‘Lawrence and London’, co-editor with Sue Reid

Fictions of Torture (forthcoming)

The Reception of George Eliot in Europe, co-editor with Elinor Shaffer (Bloomsbury, 2016)

The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (Legenda Studies in Comparative Literature, 2011)


Selected Articles

‘”The Young Russian”: Lawrence’s Russia and the First World War’, accepted for Journal of DH Lawrence Studies, Volume 5, No. 2, 2019, ‘Lawrence and London’

Journal of DH Lawrence Studies, ‘Lawrence and Dostoevsky’, accepted for Volume 5, No. 1, 2018.

DH Lawrence Review, ‘Climbing Down the Alpine Pisgah: Lawrence and the Alps’, Vol. 39.1, 2014: pp. 67-78

Literary Imagination, ‘Henry James and Ivan Turgenev: Cosmopolitanism and Croquet’, Vol. 15.1, March 2013: pp. 109-123

Comparative Critical Studies, ‘What is “Comparative” Literature?’, Vol. 10.1, 2013: pp. 67-91

Journal of Modern Literature, ‘The Russian Soul Englished’, Vol. 36.1, Fall 2012: pp. 132-149

The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Kenneth Womack and William Baker, 5 vols (New York: Facts on File, 2012), Part 2, one article each on Sonnets 88-93.

The George Eliot Review: ‘The Mill on the Floss in the Nineteen-Seventies’, Vol. 42, 2011: pp. 70-76

Comparative Literature: ‘The Unconscious Good Life in Women in Love and Anna Karenina’, Vol. 63: 1, 2011: pp. 25-46

Modern Language Review: ‘Scapegoating, Double-Plotting, and the Justice of Anna Karenina’, Vol. 106: 1, 2011: pp. 179-94

The George Eliot/George Henry Lewes Journal: ‘Why does Daniel Deronda’s Mother Live in Russia?’, Vol. 58-59, September 2010: pp. 26-42

Essays in Criticism: ‘Daniel Deronda as Tragi-Comedy’, Vol. 59, 2009: pp. 302-323

The Victorian Literary Handbook (New York and London: Continuum, 2008), article on ‘War’


Selected Reviews

Review of Kolyma Stories by Varlaam Shalamov, Literary Review, October 2018

Standpoint, review of The Death of Stalin, November 2017

Standpoint, review of Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon, September 2017

Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies, review of ‘The Theatre of D.H. Lawrence’ by James Moran, 2017

Standpoint, review of Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel by John Stubbs, January 2017

Essays in Criticism, review of the Belknap Press ‘Annotated Wuthering Heights’, Vol. 66: 3, 2016: pp. 383-389

The Literary Review, review of Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi, May 2016

Standpoint, review of Letters to Véra by Vladimir Nabokov, January 2015

The Spectator, review of Behind the Mask: the Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison, November 2014

The Literary Review, review of Subtly Worded by Teffi, November 2014

The Independent, review of The Kreutzer Sonata Variations ed. Michael Katz, December 2014

The Journal of the D.H. Lawrence Society, review of The Glyph and the Gramophone: D.H. Lawrence’s Religion by Stephen Ferretter, Vol. 3:2, 2013: pp.  179-188

Translation and Literature, review of Horae Amoris: The Collected Poems of Rosa Newmarch, ed. by John Holmes and Natasha Distiller. Vol. 20:3, 2011: pp. 397-403

Essays in Criticism, review of Roger Griffin’s Fascism and Modernism, Vol. 60, 2010: pp. 189-96

Dr Catherine Brown's Teaching

Dr Brown teaches literature of the last two centuries, with a particular focus on prose and drama, and on her own two specialist authors of George Eliot and D.H. Lawrence. In literary theory, she is particularly interested in formalism, narratology, and the theory of translation and comparison. She teaches on the following courses: ‘Literature 1830-1900’, ‘Literature 1900-Present’, ‘Cultures of London’, ‘Literary Kinds’ and ‘Comparative Literature’. She has previously taught on courses including ‘Drama 1860-the Present’, ‘The Novel’, and ‘Explorations in Literary Texts’.

She is Head of English Faculty, and has helped shape the direction of the College since its outset. She is involved in its external relations with institutions across the world (particularly in Russia and the USA), and has participated in outreach work in schools throughout the UK. She has led the creation of the NCH English BA, and has written and leads its courses ‘Literature 1830-1900’ and ‘Comparative Literature’.

She has previously taught at the University of Oxford (in the Faculty of English Language and Literature, and at St. Catherine’s College, New College, and St. Hilda’s College), Greenwich University, and at seven colleges at the University of Cambridge.


Course Development

Development of the forthcoming MA Literature/Philosophy at NCH

Development of podcasting series ‘10 Minutes On’ at NCH

Oxford University examinations: setting and assessing of MSt and undergraduate examination papers, transfer and confirmation of DPhil students, setting and examination of undergraduate collections and examinations, co-development with colleagues of a new centrally-taught paper on Comparative Literature (2011-2012, 2008-2009)

Oxford University admissions: grading of MSt and undergraduate application forms, written work, and conduct of interviews (2010-2012, 2008)

Formative involvement in Oxford University’s OpenSpires Great Authors’ project, which brings together on a single electronic platform literary texts, commentary, and lectures, and to which I supply podcasts of lectures and commentaries (2011 – present)


Professional Activity

Vice-President of the D.H. Lawrence Society, (2014 – present)

Executive Director of the 14th Triennial International D.H. Lawrence Conference, London Calling: Lawrence & the Metropolis, held at NCH 3rd-8th July 2017.

Member of the editorial board of Journal of the DH Lawrence Society (2013 – present)

Reader’s reviewer for Papers on Language and LiteratureReview of English StudiesLiterature Compass and Studies in the Novel

Member of the editorial board of Footpath (Russian journal of English literature) (2009 -present)

Colloquium on George Eliot’s reception in Europe: main fundraiser and organizer for contributors from across Europe, New College (2011)

Media Work

Adviser to and interviewee on BBC Radio 4 programme on Sexual Consent, October 2018

Script consultancy to 2016 BBC1 Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 2017 stage adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 2017 stage adaptation of Women in Love

‘Pilgrimage without Shame: D.H. Lawrence in the Alps’, BBC2, Culture Show, November 2013: co-presented with Geoff Dyer.


Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and German.

Proficient in French, Russian and Spanish.

Beginner in Modern Greek.