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 Outreach and 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.
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.
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.