Dr Christopher Burlinson, Jesus




Biographical Information

Senior College Lecturer at Jesus College, where I am Director of Studies for Part I English

Research Interests

Sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, especially poetry, and textual editing. One aspect of my current research involves the ways in which poetry was written and transmitted in Oxford University in the mid-seventeenth century. At the moment I'm particularly, though not exclusively, interested in poems written and collected by students at Christ Church between about 1615 and 1640, and am working on a major edition of the poems of Richard Corbett, sometime student of Christ Church, and Bishop of Oxford and Norwich during that period. Another major research interest is 'the Cavalier', both as a term that connects aesthetics, poetics and other areas of thinking in the mid-seventeenth century, and which has reappeared in other literary genres and at other moments of political crisis since the Civil War. And thirdly, I have an broad interest in the relations between theology and literature, and am currently working on the contemprary poet, Geoffrey Hill.

Selected Publications


  • Maecenas and Oxford-Witts’ (forthcoming, 2015)
  • Ralph Knevet’s Supplement of the Faerie Queen, ed. by Christopher Burlinson and Andrew Zurcher (Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2014)
  • ‘Manuscript and Print, 1500-1700’ (Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature, forthcoming 2014)
  • ‘Jonson’s Miscellaneous Verse’, in A Handbook of Jonson Studies, ed. by Eugene Giddens (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • ‘Richard Corbett and William Strode: Chaplaincy and Verse in Early Seventeenth-Century Oxford’, in The Cultural Agency of Early Modern Chaplains, ed. by Hugh Adlington, Tom Lockwood and Gillian Wright (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)
  • Editing Stuart Poetry, ed. with Ruth Connolly, special edition of Studies in English Literature, Winter 2012
  • ‘Accumulation and Response: Textual Editors and Richard Corbett’s “Oxford Ballad”’, Studies in English Literature, 52 (2012), 35-50
  • ‘Joshua Barnes’s Kosmopoiia and Mans Fall (1668/9): A New Context for John Milton’s Paradise Lost in a Cambridge Manuscript’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 14.3 (2010, published 2012), 218-82
  • Christopher Burlinson and Andrew Zurcher, ‘Spenser’s Secretarial Career’, in The Oxford Handbook of Spenser Studies, ed. by Richard McCabe (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 65-85
  • ‘The Use and Re-Use of Early Seventeenth-Century Student Notebooks: Inside and Outside the University’, in Material Readings of Early Modern Culture, 1580-1700, ed. James Daybell and Peter Hinds (Macmillan, 2010), pp. 229-45
  • ‘Spenser’s “Legend of Constancie”: Book VII and the Ethical Reader’, in Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos, ed. by Jane Grogan (Manchester University Press, 2010), pp. 201-19
  • ‘Money and Consumerism’, in Ben Jonson in Context, ed. by Julie Sanders (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 281-88
  • Edmund Spenser: Selected Letters and Other Papers, ed. by Christopher Burlinson and Andrew Zurcher (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Christopher Burlinson and Daniel Wakelin, ‘Evidence for the Construction of Quires from a Fifteenth-Century English Manuscript’, The Library, 7th series, 9 (2008), 383-96
  • Allegory, Space and the Material World in the Writings of Edmund Spenser (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2006)
  • Christopher Burlinson and Andrew Zurcher, ‘“Secretary to the Lord Deputie here”: Edmund Spenser’s Irish Papers’, The Library, 7th series, 6 (2005), 30-75