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Professor Colin Burrow

MA, DPhil
Senior Research Fellow since 2006
Fellow Librarian
Fellow Librarian
I work on Renaissance literature, and have a particular interest in classical influences on English writing. I have edited the poems of Shakespeare for the Oxford Shakespeare and of Ben Jonson for the Cambridge Ben Jonson, and have published widely on English writers from 1500-1700. I am presently working on two large projects: a history of Elizabethan literature for the Oxford English Literary History and a study of the idea and practice of literary imitation.


  • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2006)
  • University Lecturer, Senior Lecturer (1987-2003) then Reader in Renaissance and Comparative Literature (2003-6), University of Cambridge and Fellow (now Emeritus), Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (from 1987 to 2006)
  • Graduate student, New College, Oxford (from 1985 to 1987)
  • Undergraduate, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (from 1982 to 1985)

Research interests

  • Renaissance literature and its classical forebears
  • Early Tudor literature
  • Spenser, Jonson, Milton, and Shakespeare
  • Comparative literature


Other professional memberships and roles

  • Reviewer for London Review of Books
  • Member of AHRC peer review College
  • Associate Editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography
  • Member of Advisory Board for Scriptorium project (a project for the digitization of a number of manuscript commonplace books)

Research awards and grants

  • £410,000 AHRC Resource Enhancement Award for Scriptorium (Renaissance commonplace books online) (2006)
  • £30,000 HEFCE award for developing online Shakespeare resource (2004)
  • AHRB funded leave (2001)
  • £100,000 HEFCE Award for Aspiration Raising Project (2002)

Teaching and Supervision

  • Lectures and graduate supervision on topics in English Literature 1500-1700