About

My academic position is as Head of English Faculty, Fellow, and Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the Humanities in London, where I was a founder member of Faculty, and have led the writing of its BA English degree.

I took a BA in English Literature at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, then an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics. I lived in New York and Moscow, and learned Spanish and Russian, before coming back to literary academia with an MA in Comparative Literature at University College London, and a PhD at Caius College Cambridge as an Anglo-Russian comparatist.

I taught English at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Greenwich, before starting in my current position in London in 2012.

My book The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (London: Legenda, 2011) draws conclusions about comparative literature and comparison per se by comparing how three major novels (Daniel Deronda, Anna Karenina, and Women in Love) invite comparisons between their two main plots.

My next book will be about representations of torture in 19th and 20th century literature. It was conceived in response to the post-2001 rise in the Anglo-American practice, representation, and acceptability, of torture in the War on Terror.

My main area of interest is the novel 1870 to 1930, and my specialist authors are D.H. Lawrence (I am Vice-President of the D.H. Lawrence Society and organiser of the 2017 14th International D.H. Lawrence Conference in London) and George Eliot (I have co-edited a book on The Reception of George Eliot in Europe with Elinor Shaffer, published by Bloomsbury in 2016).

I was script consultant for the 2015 BBC1 adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and am currently consultant on two forthcoming stage adaptations of Lawrence: Alice Dollé Nicol’s Women in Love, and Lawrence Russell’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. In 2013 I co-presented the BBC2 Culture Show special ‘D.H. Lawrence: a Journey without Shame’ with Geoff Dyer.

I also have interests in modern British fiction, twentieth century drama, and Anglophone Nigerian and Caribbean literature (I visited Nigeria and Trinidad, and interviewed Derek Walcott). I know Russian, Spanish, French, and maternal German.

I am a reader for journals including Studies in the Novel, and Literature Compass, and am an editor of Footpath, a Russian journal of English literature.

I Tweet, as @NeoLawrencian, on news related to D.H. Lawrence, and other matters including politics. For my academic work, podcasting, blogging, media articles, and broadcast work (including script consultancy), please see the links at the top of this page.

My email address: catherine@catherinebrown.org

My New College of the Humanities website

My Oxford University Podcasting website

My Knight Ayton media agency website