Staff profile

Professor Catherine Belsey

Visiting Professor in English


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


Catherine Belsey is a visiting professor in English. Her interest in the theory and practice of the discipline has led most recently to Criticism (2016) and A Future for Criticism (2011), just as it prompted her first book Critical Practice (1980, 2002). In between, she has published The Subject of Tragedy (1985), Desire: Love Stories in Western Culture (1994), and Culture and the Real (2005), as well as four books on Shakespeare and one on Milton.

She has consistently aligned herself with innovations in criticism and, as Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, she played a part in international efforts to prevent English from sliding into nostalgia. She believes that even the most difficult theories can be made accessible and is author of Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction (2002). Professor Belsey is a Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.