Dr. Sara Brown

Dr. Sara Brown

Dr. Sara Brown

Language and Literature Department Chair; M.A. Thesis Coordinator; Lecturer; Preceptor

Sara Brown PhD MSc(Econ) serves Signum University as Language & Literature Department Chair and Thesis Coordinator for the MA Program.  She is a Lecturer and Preceptor within the Language and Literature faculty and has served as an Elected Faculty Member on the Board. Sara also teaches on the Signum Path Program.

Sara Brown lives in North Wales, UK. She was an English teacher, teaching ungrateful teenagers, for over twenty-five years but recently gave this up to work full time for Signum University. She has been with Signum since 2012 and is the longest serving preceptor in the Language and Literature Faculty, working on courses that have included ‘Modern Fantasy’ with Corey Olsen, ‘Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth’ with Verlyn Flieger, ‘Roots of the Mountain’ with Doug Anderson, ‘Cultural Studies and Audience Reception of The Lord of the Rings with Robin Reid and ‘Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy’ with Dimitra Fimi. In 2017 Sara presented her own 12-week lecture series entitled ‘Tolkien in Context: Middle-earth as a Roadmap to Twentieth-Century Anxieties’, which explored Tolkien’s writing as a response to modernity.

Besides her BA (Hons) in English and History, Sara has a Masters degree in International History from the London School of Economics, for which she wrote a thesis on The Problem of the Gold Standard in International Politics and Economics in the Nineteenth Century. She completed her Ph.D. in Literature at Salford University in 2013. Entitled From Abjection to Alchemy in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth Legendarium, the thesis explores the way in which Tolkien was responding to the anxieties of the post-war world in the mid twentieth century, drawing on (amongst others) the theories of Julia Kristeva and Donna Haraway. She believes it’s a real page-turner. Sara has given a number of lectures at various conferences on the topics of Tolkien, fantasy fiction, and fandom, and is regularly seen at Tolkien Society events in the UK. She currently serves on the editorial board of Mallorn, the academic journal of the Tolkien Society. Sara is also co-presenter on the Tolkien Society Award-winning podcast, The Tolkien Experience.

Other Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5305The Story of the Hobbit12 WeeksAugust 30, 2021
LITD 5306The Life and Times of the English Epic12 WeeksAugust 30, 2021
LITA 5316Ursula K. Le Guin: Worldbuilder12 weeksAugust 30, 2021
LITB 5311Exploring Star Trek12 weeksMay 10, 2021
LITA 5311Tolkien’s Poetry12 WeeksMay 3, 2021
LITB 5304Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination12 WeeksJanuary 11, 2021
LITC 5301Tolkien & Tradition12 WeeksJanuary 11, 2021
LITA 5315The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien12 weeksAugust 31, 2020
LITB 5310The Meaning of Star Wars12 weeksMay 4, 2020
LITA 5313Modern Fantasy II12 WeeksJanuary 13, 2020
LITA 5314Tolkien in Context12 weeksAugust 26, 2019
LITB 5303The Dystopian Tradition12 WeeksMay 6, 2019
LITA 5310Roots of the Mountain12 WeeksAugust 25, 2014

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