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Sarah Annes Brown

Professor of English Literature, Anglia Ruskin University

Much of Sarah Brown’s research focuses on patterns of influence and allusion. Her first book, The Metamorphosis of Ovid: From Chaucer to Ted Hughes (1999), traced the presence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in English literature, and she has returned to the reception of classical texts in several subsequent publications, including Tragedy in Transition (2007) and A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny (2012). Shakespeare is another key focus of her research, and she has published widely on both his sources and his influence on later literature.

Sarah Brown is Co-Director of the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has a particular interest in the intersection between science fiction and 'canonical' literature, and has written several pieces on the influence of classical literature on the genre. She has served as a judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award (2014-15), and is Secretary of the Science Fiction Foundation. Her most recent monograph is Shakespeare and Science Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 2021).


  • –present
    Professor of English Literature, Anglia Ruskin