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About Dr Catherine Brown

Dr Catherine Brown is Associate Professor in English, and was the founding Head of English at New College of the Humanities from 2012 to 21. 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 major and minor. Dr. Brown teaches nineteenth and twentieth century literature and comparative literature, with particular specialisms in George Eliot and D.H. Lawrence. She is Vice President of the D.H. Lawrence Society, and runs a reading group on D.H. Lawrence in London.



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 

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Mental Health First Aider

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, was Executive Director of the 14th International D.H. Lawrence Conference (held at NCH in 2017), and directs the Lawrence London Group, a South of England branch of the D. H. Lawrence Society, which holds monthly meetings.


Selected Books

D. H. Lawrence and the Arts, co-editor with Susan Reid (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

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

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 Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies, eds Emelia Quinn and Laura Wright, chapter on ‘Modernism’ (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2022)

Cultures of London: Legacies of Migration, ed. Charlotte Grant and Alistair Robinson, chapter ‘The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, Sydenham, and St Petersburg’ (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2022)

‘Literary Academia in Lockdown: Losses, Gains, and Risks’, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 258:2 (2021)

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, ‘Myth, History, and the Idea of the National in Derek Walcott and V. S. Naipaul’, Vol. 20, No. 3, December 2020

The Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts, ed. Catherine Brown and Susan Reid, ‘D.H. Lawrence: Icon’ (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 426-441.

The Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts, ed. Catherine Brown and Susan Reid, ‘Introduction’, with Susan Reid (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 1-10.

Études Lawrenciennes, ‘D.H. Lawrence and the Avoidance of Darwinian Tragedy’, (52:2021)

Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies, “The Young Russian”: Lawrence’s Russia and the First World War’, accepted for Volume 5, No. 2, 2019, ‘Lawrence and London’, pp. 103-124

Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies, ‘Introduction: D.H. Lawrence and London’, accepted for Volume 5, No. 2, 2019, ‘Lawrence and London’, pp. 23-30

George Eliot in her Bicentenary Year (Bite-Sized Books), ‘The Strange Case of Daniel Deronda’, ed. Paul Davies, 2019

Journal of DH Lawrence Studies, ‘Lawrence and Dostoevsky’, Volume 5, No. 1, 2018, pp. 143-62

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 Killing Eve, , June 2020

Review of International D. H. Lawrence Conference, University of Nanterre, Paris, April 2019, in newsletters of the D.H. Lawrence Societies of the UK and USA, 2019/20.

Literary Review, review of Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia With Pushkin And Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler, July 2019

Prospect, review of selection of D.H. Lawrence essays ‘Life with a Capital L’ edited by Geoff Dyer, Penguin, March 2019

DH Lawrence Review, review of The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre, London, February 2019

Literary Review, review of Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber, February 2019

Literary Review, review of Kolyma Stories by Varlaam Shalamov, 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, the theory of translation and of comparison, ecocriticism, and the fast-growing field of vegan theory. She teaches on the following courses: ‘Literature 1830-1900’, ‘Literature 1900-Present’, ‘Cultures of London’, ‘Literary Kinds’ and ‘Comparative Literature’. She has previously at NCH taught on courses including ‘Drama 1860-the Present’, ‘The Novel’, and ‘Explorations in Literary Texts’.

She was the founding Head of English Faculty (2012-21), 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 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 during and after her PhD.


Course Development and Related Activities

Development of the NCH English BA major and minor, and creation of its courses ‘Literature 1830-1900’ and ‘Comparative Literature’ (2012-present).

Development of podcasting series ‘10 Minutes On’ at NCH (2015-present).

Oxford University examinations (2008-12): 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 4 on Comparative Literature.

Oxford University admissions (2008-12): grading of MSt and undergraduate applications, and conduct of interviews.

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 have supplied podcasts of lectures and commentaries (2011-present).


Professional Activity

External examiner for BA (Hons) English at University College Blackburn, and Edinburgh Napier University (2021-25)

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

Convenor of D. H. Lawrence London Reading Group (2019-present)

Convenor of Colloquium for work in progress on The Edinburgh Companion to DH Lawrence and the Arts (2019)

Executive Director of the 14th Triennial International D.H. Lawrence Conference, London Calling: Lawrence & the Metropolis, held at NCH (2017)

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

Reader’s reviewer for Papers on Language and Literature, Review of English Studies, Literature Compass and Studies in the Novel amongst other journals, and Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan amongst other publishers (2010-present)

Member of the editorial board of Footpath (Russian journal of Anglophone literary studies) (2009 -present)

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


Media Work

Interviewed on D. H. Lawrence by Sky Arts (with Odyssey Television) on the documentary ’Sex, Exile and Greatness’ (2021)

Interviewed on D.H. Lawrence by BBC 2, Radio 4, ARTE (2019)

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, and 2017 stage adaptation of Women in Love.

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


Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and German.

Proficient in French and Russian.

Intermediate Spanish.

Beginner’s Modern Greek.