Theodore Tregear, Trinity

Degree: PhD
Course: MedRen - Ren
Supervisor: Dr R Lyne
Dissertation Title:

Anthologizing Shakespeare


Biographical Information

I was born and educated in London, before coming up as an undergraduate to read English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Having graduated in 2014, I completed a Master of Studies course at Hertford College, Oxford, after which I returned to Cambridge to begin my PhD.

Research Interests

I'm just starting a PhD looking at Shakespeare's appearance in early seventeenth-century anthologies and collections of poetry, including printed examples like 'Englands Parnassus' and 'Belvedere' as well as analogous manuscript compilations. The anthology might be a useful notion in considering not just how we think of early-modern readerships - as concerned with the aesthetic glamour of long poetic passages as with the immediate utility of pithy maxims - but how we think of Shakespeare too. My hunch is that Shakespeare was intensely sensitive to this way of reading; that some of the passages included in 'Englands Parnassus' ('This sceptred isle', say, an instant favourite) have an especially anthologizable quality to them in the first place; and that such passages might even have been put into the plays in order to be taken out again by anthologizing readers. Over the course of my research, I hope to explore how the anthology might change our notion of Shakespeare's presence as an author - perhaps not as the author of Hamlet, or Richard II, but of individual passages from across the plays and the poems.

Other topics of research in the early-modern period include the study of forms like the letter, especially philosophical correspondence of the later seventeenth century, and the sermon; during my Masters degree at Oxford, I worked with Professor Peter McCullough on Donne's sermons, and Sir Noel Malcolm on Thomas Hobbes's letter-writing style. Outside the period, I have interests in German philosophy from Kant to Adorno, various theoretical approaches to literature, classical texts and their reception in English writing, and music, from the sixteenth century to the present day