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Dr Chris Stamatakis
Dept. of English, UCL
Foster Court
Gower Street
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I received a B.A. in 2004, an M.St. the following year (English Literature, 1550-1780), and in 2008 was awarded a D.Phil. ('Sir Thomas Wyatt and Early Tudor Literary Practice'), all from Lincoln College, Oxford. From 2009 to 2011, I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Lincoln College and was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project entitled Denizened Wit: Tudor Reinventions of Italian Verse. During this time, I also carried out research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, as a visiting fellow, before joining the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL as a Teaching Fellow in 2011 and as a Lecturer in 2013. I became Associate Professor in 2019.

Research Summary

My principal research interests lie in early modern and late medieval literature in English, especially with an eye to the classical and continental influences on this writing as well as its material transmission and reception. My first book, Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: Turning the Word, brought these concerns together by examining the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt, both in terms of its departures from his continental sources and also its material afterlife, as it was circulated, copied, modified, and answered or parodied.

Developing this work on the literary, cultural, and intellectual contexts which shaped and defined sixteenth-century poetry, I am currently working on a book that examines the influence of Italian literature on English vernacular poetics and poetic theory in the sixteenth century, especially in the writings of the 'heirs of Petrarch' who emerged in the middle decades of the century. I continue to work on the relationship between poetry and rhetoric; ideas of textual memory and intertextuality in the early modern period; the transmission of manuscript verse in court circles; the gathering of 'scattered rhymes' (especially sonnets) in print miscellanies; literary profit and rhetorical inflation. 

As part of my ongoing interest in the History of the Book, editing, and textual scholarship, I am currently editing Thomas Nashe's wonderfully bizarre pseudo-sermon Christs Teares over Jerusalem (1593) for the Oxford Nashe Complete Works project (OUP, forthcoming). (See Editions: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/english/research/editions)

I am keen to supervise doctoral work on any aspect of sixteenth-century literature, especially work that relates to the rhetorical tradition, intertextuality, imitation, reception, and material transmission. 

Teaching Summary

I teach widely in the English Department, across a range of papers at both undergraduate and Masters level, principally in the early modern period. I convene the undegraduate course in Renaissance Literature, 1520-1625, and teach Chaucer, Middle English II, Shakespeare, Seventeenth-Century Literature, London in Literature, Literary Linguistics, and the History of the English Language. Of the first-year papers, I teach Narrative Texts, Intellectual & Cultural Sources, and Criticism & Theory. At MA level I teach the Shakespeare in his Time option module, and have taught for Early Modern Exchanges MA and the Comparative Literature MA programmes, and have supervised and assessed work for the Reception of the Classical World MA course. 

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