Catherine is an English literature academic who works especially on literature of the last two centuries.
Catherine co-presented a BBC2 Culture Show Special on D.H. Lawrence with Geoff Dyer in 2013. In this she enjoyed sharing her passion for Lawrence, whilst retracing the elopement journey across the Alps which he made one century ago. She has currently a consultant on the forthcoming BBC drama adaptation of Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover.
She is also a great admirer of the works of George Eliot, Charles Dickens, and other Victorian and modernist writers. She is a comparatist, and her book The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (London: Legenda, 2011) explores what comparative literature is, and how it can be done. A convinced internationalist, she has particular expertise in Russia, where she has lived, of which she speaks the language, and which she visits at least once a year. She aims to help improve Anglo-Russian relations through cultural connections and increasing knowledge in each country of the other. She is also closely involved with Germany, since she is half German and speaks German fluently. She also speaks French and Spanish, and is co-editing a book on reponses to George Eliot in fifteen European countries.
She is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer of English at New College of the Humanities in London. Previously she taught at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, following her PhD and BA in English at Cambridge, and her two Masters degrees at LSE and UCL in russian Studies and Comparative Literature respectively. She looks forward to sharing her passion for literature and culture with a much wider audience than the students whom she sees one-to-one, through the medium of television.
She also has interests in politics. she has worked as a Westminster researcher for several MPs, and as a media researcher for the Campaign against the Arms Trade. Her current major research project is a book on fictional representations of torture from the Victorian period to the present - looking at representations of torture particularly in the context of the War on Terror. She is also keenly interested in developments in higher education, and is a regular news programme interviewee on education matters.
Her website is catherinebrown.org