Professor Sarah Annes Brown

Professor of English Literature

Course Leader, MA English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Sarah has published widely on the reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in English literature, and on allusion and influence more generally, particularly with reference to Shakespeare.


Sarah joined our Department in 2006. Her principal teaching areas are Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and tragedy. She has previously taught at the universities of Bristol, Central England, St Andrews, De Montfort and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Her publications include The Metamorphosis of Ovid: Chaucer to Ted Hughes (1999), Devoted Sisters: Representations of the Sister Relationship in Nineteenth Century British and American literature (2003), Ovid: Myth and Metamorphosis (2005), a volume of essays co-edited with Catherine Silverstone, Tragedy in Transition (2007) and A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny (2012).

Research interests

  • The influence of Ovid
  • Myth in literature
  • Shakespeare: sources and creative reception
  • Allusion
  • Science fiction

Areas of research supervision

  • The translation and influence of classical literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Adaptation and allusion
  • Renaissance literature
  • Science fiction


  • PhD, University of Bristol
  • MA Medieval English, University of Bristol
  • BA English, University of Bristol

Memberships, editorial boards

  • AHRC Peer Review College
  • British Comparative Literature

Selected recent publications

Brown, S.A., 2017. Shakespeare and Myth. In The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and the Classics, eds Sean Keilen and Nick Moschovakis. London: Routledge.

Brown, S.A. The Classical Pantheon and Modernity in Modern Fantasy. In Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, eds Brett M. Rogers, Benjamin Stevens. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brown, S.A., 2015. Shakespeare and Thomas Underdowne's Theseus and Ariadne. Review of English Studies, 66.

Brown, S.A., 2014. Allusion in Averill Curdy’s Song & Error. Studies in the Literary Imagination.

Brown, S.A. and Taylor, A., 2013. Ovid in English (1) Metamorphoses. London: MHRA.

Brown, S.A., 2012. Science fiction and classical reception in contemporary women's writing. Classical Receptions Journal, 14 (2).

Brown, S.A., 2012. A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny. Manchester: Manchester University Press.