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Professor Colin Burrow

MA, DPhil
Senior Research Fellow since 2006
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.
Professor Colin Burrow
  • Background

    • 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).