Dr Micha Lazarus, Trinity



Biographical Information

I arrived at Trinity College as a Research Fellow in 2015.  I was an undergraduate and doctoral student at St John's College, Oxford, and spent time in between at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of California, Berkeley, where I took a Master's.  In the course of my D.Phil. I was awarded the Gordon Duff Prize in book history by the Bodleian Libraries.  Since then I've taught Renaissance literature and served on admissions for several colleges in Oxford and Cambridge before coming to Trinity, and been awarded research fellowships by the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, Texas), Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.), and the Renaissance Society of America. 


Research Interests

I work on the relationship between poetic theory and literary experiment in Renaissance England: how the form and craft of Renaissance poetry do theoretical work, and how contemporary critical writing draws on poetic resources.  Because much literary thought in the period was classical or continental in origin, much of my work has to do with classical reception and England's literary and intellectual relations with the continent.

My doctoral research established the circulation of Aristotle’s Poetics in sixteenth-century England, several decades before it is usually thought to have become available, and involved me in a wide range of subjects, from Byzantine rhetoric and polyglot lexicography to Renaissance booklists, mid-century Reformation tragedy, and Sidney's Defence of Poesy.  I'm currently reshaping this for publication with Oxford University Press, expanding its literary side through Ascham, Buchanan, Sidney, Harington, Shakespeare, and Milton.  An introduction to my work in this field can be found in 'Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England'.

I'm Co-Investigator, with Gavin Alexander, on English Renaissance Poetics Online (ERPO), a digital project that maps the influence of classical and Renaissance poetics in English writing from 1500-1700. Over the coming academic year Vladimir Brljak and I are convening Poetics before Modernity, a seminar series which brings together leading classicists, medievalists, and Renaissance scholars to present new work on Western literary theory from its ancient beginnings to 1700.


Selected Publications

Aristotle's Poetics in Renaissance England, under revision for the Oxford English Monographs series, Oxford University Press

'Sublimity by fiat: New Light on the English Longinus', in The Places of Early Modern Criticism (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)

'The Dramatic Prologues of Alexander Nowell: Accommodating the Classics at 1540s Westminster', Review of English Studies (forthcoming)

'Poetry and Horseplay in Sidney’s Defence of Poesie', The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 79 (2016), 149-82  [online here]

'Greek in Tudor England', The Etheridge Project (British Library & Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016)  [online here]

'Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England', in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press, 2016), 1-30  [online here]

'Sidney's Greek Poetics', Studies in Philology 112.3 (2015), 504-36  [online here]

'Greek Literacy in Sixteenth-century England', Renaissance Studies 29.3 (2015), 433-58  [online here]

'Silent Years and Speaking Books: Nicholas Udall in 1533', Notes and Queries 62.1 (2015), 35-39  [online here]

'Did Thomas Linacre bring Aristotle's Poetics to England?', under consideration at Bodleian Library Record


Recent and Upcoming Talks

'Anonymous to this day: Aristotle and the Question of Verse.' In Other Words: Translating Philosophy in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, University of Warwick, May 10-12, 2017

'Terence, Seneca, and the Gods of Westminster.' New Texts in English Criticism, panel at RSA 2017 Chicago, March 30-April 1, 2017

'Safe Reading at 1540s Westminster: New Discoveries from a Bodleian Manuscript.' Fellows' Research Talk, Trinity College, Cambridge, May 18, 2016

'Sublimity by fiat: New Light on the English Longinus.' Readings and Rewritings of Ancient Texts, 1650-1800, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, May 14, 2016

'Nowell's Little Soldiers: Terence, Seneca, and the God Aesculapius in 1540s Westminster.' Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar, University of Cambridge, May 4, 2016

'Diphthongs and Wormwood: Aristotle's Poetics from Cheke to Shakespeare.' University of Texas at Austin, April 11, 2016

'Gran tempo abbandonata, & negletta: The Rediscoveries of Aristotle's Poetics.' Lost and Found, panel at RSA 2016 Boston, March 31-April 2, 2016