Catherine A. Runcie was a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sydney from 1969 to 2004, and previously taught at the University of Toronto. Her teaching and research have been in the fields of 19th century literature and thought, literary theory, film adaptation and aesthetics. She was Foundation President of The Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics (1989-1998), Honorary President (1998-2015) and Co-Foundation Editor of the journal, 'Literature & Aesthetics' (1990-1998). She was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages in 1981, where she lectured on literary theory and the relation of literature and art in cross cultural movements, and the Xi'an Institute of Foreign Languages in 1993, where she lectured on modernism. She was co-editor of the Festschrift, 'Matters of the Mind. Poems, Essays and Interviews in Honour of Leonie Kramer' (2001).