Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries, St Catharine's



Biographical Information

I completed my BA and MA (Hons.) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, before coming to Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar to begin my PhD in 1999. From 2003-6 I was a Research Fellow at Magdalene College, and since 2006 I have been a Fellow and College Lecturer at St Catharine's College, where I direct studies for Part I. After several years as a Newton Trust Lecturer, I was appointed to a University Lectureship in 2013

Research Interests

I work on Shakespeare and early modern literature in general, with a particular interest in performance and visual and material culture, and in interdisciplinary approaches. My second book, Shakespeare and Memory, is published by Oxford University Press in the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, and I'm beginning a new monograph project with the working title Textile Shakespeare, which (so far) is about sleeves and silk, gloves, folds, tailors, and black cloth. I'm also editing The Example by the Caroline playwright James Shirley, for the Complete Works of James Shirley (OUP).

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Shakespeare and early modern literature, especially drama; visual and material culture, especially gardens and textiles

Selected Publications

  • Monographs
  • Shakespeare and Memory (Oxford Shakespeare Topics) (Oxford, 2013)
  • England’s Helicon: fountains in early modern literature and culture (Oxford, 2007)
  • Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
  • 'What's Hecuba to him? Absence, silence, and lament in Troilus and Cressida and Troilus and Criseyde', in Performing the Politics of Passion: Troilus and Cressida and Troilus and Criseyde and the Literary Traditions of Love and History, ed. Elisabeth Kempf, Russell West-Pavlov, Andrew James Johnston (forthcoming, Manchester, 2014)
  • 'Greater Shakespeare: working, playing, and making with Shakespeare', Shakespeare Survey 66 (2013), 188-97
  • ‘No country for old men? Ciceronian friendship and old age in Shakespeare’s second tetralogy and beyond’, Review of English Studies 62 (2011), 716-37
  • ‘Pictures, places and spaces: Sidney, Wroth, Wilton House and the Songe de Poliphile’, in Renaissance Paratexts, ed. Helen Smith, Louise Wilson (Cambridge, 2010), 185-203
  • ‘Lear and Shakespeare as Godfathers’, Notes and Queries 57 (September 2010)
  • ‘Literary gardens from More to Marvell’ in A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, ed. Michael Hattaway (Oxford, 2010), 379-95
  • ‘A learned dialogue of BERNARD PALESSY, Concerning waters and fountaines, both naturall and artificiall: Translated Owt of French into English, by Thomas Watson’, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 30 (2010), 1-56
  • ‘Thomas Lodge’s translation of Seneca: a possible Shakespearean echo’, Notes and Queries 56 (March 2009), 81-4
  • ‘A subtle point: sleeves, tents, and "Ariachne’s broken woof" (again)’, Shakespeare Survey 62 (2009), 92-103
  • ‘Location as metaphor: Veritas temporis filia (1559) and its afterlife’. In The Progresses, Pageants and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I, ed. Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight (Oxford, 2007), 65-85
  • ‘Sacred and profane love: four fountains in the Hypnerotomachia (1499) and the Roman de la Rose’. Word & Image 22.1 (2006), 1-13
  • ‘Sidney’s Zelmane and the Songe de Poliphile’. Sidney Journal 21 (2003), 67-75
  • ‘From the fountain to the well: Redcrosse learns to read’. Studies in Philology 100 (2003), 135-176
  • ‘A new allusion by Jonson to Spenser and Essex?’ Notes and Queries 50 (March 2003), 63-65