Dr Edward Wilson-Lee, Sidney Sussex



Biographical Information

A graduate of University College London, Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge, Edward Wilson-Lee is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

Research Interests

Hernando Colón Project

A project of the Centre for Material Texts, in Collaboration with Grupo Hum 383 of the University of Granada (Translation and Literature), to study the life and library of Hernando Colón, son of Columbus the explorer and collector of the first great library of the print age. A pilot stage of this project was the recipient in 2013 of a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant.

Late-medieval and early modern English and European literature, specifically: the works and posthumous reception of Philip Sidney; chivalric romance, including the translation, printing, reception, and influence of chivalric romance in the 16th century; cheap print and the early modern public sphere; Shakespeare; book history; the literary cultures of East Africa.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Sidney; Shakespeare; prose fiction of the late medieval and early modern period; translation in England, 1487-1625; the European book trade, c.1450-1600; East African prose fiction.

Selected Publications

  • Shakespeare in Swahililand (William Collins (UK & Commonwealth); Farrar, Straus & Giroux (USA)). German translation from Penguin Random House Germany forthcoming 2017. Order at Amazon.
  • 'Women's Weapons: Country House Diplomacy and the Countess of Pembroke's French Translations' in Rowan Tomlinson and Tania Demetriou, eds, The Culture of Translation in Early Modern England and France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • ed., with José María Pérez Fernández, Translation and the Book Trade in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press 2014). 'Introduction' (co-authored with José María Pérez Fernández) and chapter, 'Glosses and Oracles: Translating the Reader in Early Modern Europe'. Buy from CUP or Amazon.
  • "Shakespeare by Numbers: Mathematical Crisis in Troilus and Cressida", Shakespeare Quarterly (Winter 2013) Link
  • "William Birch", "William Howell", "Thomas Tusser", in 'The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature', ed. Alan Stewart and Garrett Sullivan (2012) Link
  • "The Bull and the Moon: Broadside Ballads and the Public Sphere at the Time of the Northern Rising (1569-70)" (Review of English Studies, 2011) (Link)
  • "'The Subtle Tree': Idolatry and Material Memory in Surrey's Aeneid" (Translation and Literature, July 2011) (Link)
  • "Romance and Resistance: Narratives of Chivalry in Mid-Tudor England", Renaissance Studies 24/4 (September 2010), pp. 482-495. (Link)
  • "New biographical information on the author of 'A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia'", Sidney Journal 26/1 (2008), pp. 57-64
  • "A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia" and "The knight of Curtesy and the Lady of Faguell", introd. for EEBO Introductions, Early English Books Online. (Link)