Thesis Title: Translating Greek: Humanism and English Literature, 1430–1560
Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Wakelin
My project investigates humanism, English literature, and the translation of classical and patristic Greek from 1430 to 1560. I look at texts that are translated both directly and indirectly (often via Latin) from Greek into English, as well as English texts that are disingenuously presented as translations from Greek sources. Writers of interest include Lydgate, Metham, Skelton, More, Elyot, Udall, Ascham, and Mary Clarke Basset. More broadly, I’m interested in classical reception and book history in fourteenth-, fifteenth-, and sixteenth-century England and the works of the early Tudor translator Alexander Barclay. I teach on aspects of the FHS English course, on literature from 1066 to 1550, at Keble, Magdalen, and Merton.
-- '"Et melles en semble": Literariness and a Trilingual Recipe Collection from Late Medieval England', in Recipes and Book Culture in England, 1350–1600, ed. Carrie Griffin and Hannah Ryley (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2022)
-- ‘Chaucer’s “Ebrayk Josephus” and The House of Fame’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 43 (2021), 45–74
-- ‘Branding Barclay: The Printed Glosses and Envoys to Alexander Barclay’s Shyp of Folys (1509)’, Philological Quarterly 99 (2020), 147–70
-- 'Roman Greatness', The Cambridge Quarterly 50 (2021), 401–7 [a review of John-Mark Philo, 'An Ocean Untouched and Untried': The Tudor Translations of Livy (Oxford, 2020) and Nigel Mortimer, Medieval and Early Modern Portrayals of Julius Caesar: The Transmission of an Idea (Oxford, 2020)]
-- ‘Quoting the Bard’,The Cambridge Quarterly 49 (2020), 96–101 [a review of Regula Hohl Trillini, Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes (London, 2018)]