Dr Catherine Redford

Access and Outreach/Career Development Fellow

MA (Oxon), MA, PhD
Phone number: 
01865 289163

Catherine joined Hertford as Access and Outreach/Career Development Fellow in 2015. Before this, she was a Lecturer at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her research interests lie in Romantic and Victorian literature, and she has published on Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, H.G. Wells, Romantic depictions of ruined cities, and the Gothic.  She was awarded Highly Commended in the Keats Shelley Prize (2012) and was a finalist in the BBC’s New Generation Thinkers competition (2013). She is currently a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award Holder (2016-17).

As Access and Outreach/Career Development Fellow, Catherine spends 50% of her time on research and 50% on access and outreach work with schools. She is always happy to answer questions on Hertford College and Oxford University from prospective applicants and their teachers, and is particularly keen to work with schools from our link regions (Essex, Camden, Medway, and Southend on Sea). Please do drop her a line at any time on catherine [dot] redford [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk


Undergraduate teaching 

Catherine has taught a wide range of undergraduate papers at Oxford: Prelims Paper 1B (Introduction to English Language and Literature: Approaches to Literature); Prelims Paper 3 (1830-1910); Prelims Paper 4 (1910-present); FHS Paper 4 (1660-1760); FHS Paper 5 (1760-1830); and FHS Paper 7 (supervision of a range of undergraduate dissertation topics). She has also lectured on the Byron-Shelley Circle and Romantic apocalyptic literature for the English Faculty.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has a particular interest in learners from non-traditional backgrounds.

Postgraduate teaching 

Catherine supervises dissertations for the English Faculty MSt course 1700-1830.


Catherine's doctoral dissertation, which she is currently revising for publication as a monograph, considers the figure of the Last Man on earth in Romantic literature. Focussing on a range of novels, poems, and plays written between 1806 and 1833, her research covers key figures of the Romantic movement, including Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, as well as lesser-known and non-canonical writers such as Thomas Hood, Thomas Campbell, and George Dibdin Pitt.

In addition to the Romantic ‘Last Man’, Catherine's research interests include wider ideas of apocalypse, dystopia, and utopia in nineteenth-century English literature; Mary Shelley; H. G. Wells; Lord Byron; the Gothic; friendship in Romantic literature; and depictions of ruined cities and underground spaces in Romantic and Victorian literature. She is currently writing a short guide to the Gothic.





'Great safe places down deep”: Subterranean Spaces in the Early Novels of H. G. Wells’, in Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H.G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space,ed. by Emelyne Godfrey (London: Palgrave, 2016), 123-38

'No love was left”: The Failure of Christianity in Byron’s “Darkness', The Byron Journal, 43.2 (2015), 131-40

'The till now unseen object of my mad idolatry': The Presence of Jane Williams in Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man”’, Romanticism, 19.1 (2013), 89-99

'The Last Man and Romantic Archaeology’, in Grasmere, 2012, ed. Richard Gravil (Penrith: HEB, 2012), 160-70

'Percy Bysshe Shelley’, ‘Psychical Investigation’, and ‘Suburban Gothic’, in The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, ed. William Hughes, David Punter, and Andrew Smith, 2 vols (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), II: 624-25, II: 524-26, II: 658-60

Web Publication

‘Enduring Darkness: Romantic Visions of Apocalypse’, British Romantic Writing and Environmental Catastrophe Blog, http://romanticcatastrophe.leeds.ac.uk/enduring-darkness/ (2017)

'From The Revenant to Mad Max: Why We All Love a Story of Survival’, The Conversation, http://theconversation.com/from-the-revenant-to-mad-max-why-we-all-love-a-story-of-survival-53408 (2016)

'The “Last Man” in Romantic Literature’, Wordsworth and Romanticism Blogwww.wordsworth.org.uk/blog (2014)


Review of An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, 1750-1850 by Siobhan Carroll’, The Byron Journal, 44.1 (2016: June), 82-84

Review of Romantic Interactions: Social Being and the Turns of Literary Action by Susan J. Wolfson, The BARS Review, 44 (2014: Autumn), 8-9

Review of Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, 6 vols, ed. Ann R. Hawkins, Romanticism, 20.3 (2014: October), 345-46

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to Byron by Richard Lansdown, The Byron Journal, 40.2 (2012: December), 185-86

Review of Jane Austen and Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists by Peter W. Graham, The Byron Journal, 40.1 (2012: July), 76-78

Review of Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790-1835, ed. Beth Lau, The British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review, 39 (2011: December), 35-36

Review of Writing Romanticism: Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth, 1784-1807 by Jacqueline M. Labbe, La Questione Romantica, 3.1 (2011: April), 181-83