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About Dr Catherine Brown

Dr Catherine Brown is the Director of Graduate Research School at Northeastern University London. Dr. Brown previously taught nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and comparative literature, with particular specialisms in George Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and comparative literature at Northeastern University Londontau. 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 Northeastern University London in 2012, and leading the creation of the Northeastern University London English major and minor. 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

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)

Dr Catherine Brown's Research

Dr. Brown works on prose of the forty years either side of 1900, especially that of George Eliot and D.H. Lawrence. She also has interests in comparative literature (Anglo-Russian comparativism), literature and the body, and literature and animals/veganism. She is Vice-President of the D.H. Lawrence Society, and directs the Lawrence London Group (a South of England branch of the D. H. Lawrence Society, which holds monthly meetings).



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

‘D. H. Lawrence: Proto-Vegan’, in Reading D. H. Lawrence in the Anthropocene, ed. Terry Gifford (FORTHCOMING Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Review of The Death of Stalin, Standpoint, November 2017

Review of Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon, Standpoint, September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Catherine Brown's Teaching

Dr Brown taught 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 also taught on the following courses: ‘Literature 1830-1900’, ‘Literature 1900-Present’, ‘Criticism’, ‘London: Literature, Culture and Identity’, ‘Shakespeare and his Afterlives’ and ‘Comparative Literature’. She has previously at Northeastern University London 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 University 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. She is also currently external examiner for BA (Hons) English at University College Blackburn, and Edinburgh Napier University (2021-25).