Dr Karen Collis, Faculty of English



Biographical Information

I was previously a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College (Cambridge). Before that, I studied for my MSt and DPhil at Oxford. The title of my thesis was 'Shaftesbury and Learned Culture' (2013). As an undergraduate, I studied English and Oriental Studies at Cambridge.

During my time as a Research Fellow, I supervised students for various papers, including: English Literature, 1660-1870; English Literature, 1500-1700; and Practical Criticism and Critical Practice.

Research Interests

The main focus of my research is European literary and intellectual culture of the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In particular, I work on the reception of ancient and hellenistic philosophy, the history of criticism, and the study of the Bible.

The Cambridge papers most closely related to my research interests are the Part II papers, The English Moralists, and History and Theory of Literary Criticism. I am lecturing for these papers this year.

Selected Publications

2015/16 Publications:

‘How Shaftesbury Read Marcus Aurelius: Two "Curious and Interesting" Volumes with his Manuscript Annotations’. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. LXXIX (2016). In press.

‘The Ars Critica and the Bible: Jean Le Clerc’s early theological dialogues’, Erudition and the Republic of Letters. 1.2 (2016), 121-150.

‘Shaftesbury and Literary Criticism: Philosophers and critics in early eighteenth-century England’. Review of English Studies. 67.279 (2016), 294-315 (Online October 2015).

‘Reading the Ancients at the Turn of the Century’, in Ancients and Moderns in Early Modern Europe: Comparative Perspectives, ed. Paddy Bullard and Alexis Tadié. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2016.

‘Miles Smith and the Languages of Scripture’, The King James Bible: Scholarly Contexts, ed. Mordechai Feingold. Leiden: Brill, 2016. In press.