Dr Simon Jackson, Peterhouse




Biographical Information

Dr Simon Jackson is Director of Studies in English at Hughes Hall, and Director of Music at Peterhouse.

He was educated at Jesus and Christ’s Colleges, Cambridge. He is a former Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. His research explores the relationship between lyric poetry and music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His doctoral research, on the musical activities of George Herbert and his extended family, won the International George Herbert Society inaugural Chauncey Wood Dissertation Award (2011-13), and he has published a number of articles on literary and musical topics. His article ‘The Visual Music of the Masque and George Herbert’s Temple’, English Literary Renaissance (2015) won an award for the best essay to appear in ELR in 2015. His book, George Herbert and Early Modern Musical Culture, is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.


Selected Publications


George Herbert and Early Modern Musical Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2022).


'Attending to Sound in Early Modern Literature' in Annette Kern-Stähler and Elizabeth Robertson, eds., Literature and the Senses. Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).

'Becoming "a Citizen of the World": Edward Herbert and continental music-making', in Greg Miller and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, eds., Edward and George Herbert in the European Republic of Letters (Manchester University Press, 2022).

‘Prayer and Musical Performance: The Verse Anthem’ in Joseph Sterrett, ed., Prayer and Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Clarke, Elizabeth and Simon Jackson, ‘Lyric Poetry’, in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion, ed. by Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox (Oxford University Press, 2017).

‘The Visual Music of the Masque, and George Herbert’s Temple’, English Literary Renaissance 45:3 (Autumn 2015), 375-99.

 ‘“Lord, how can man preach thy eternall word?”: Preaching and the Metaphysical Lyric’, in Preaching and the Theological Imagination, ed. by Zachary Guiliano and Cameron Partridge, Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology volume 9 (New York & Berlin: Peter Lang, 2015).

 ‘“Double Motion”: Herbert and Seventeenth-Century Polyphonic Practice’, in Locating George Herbert: Family, Place, Traditions, ed. by Christopher Hodgkins, a special edition of the George Herbert Journal (2013/14), 146-61.

 ‘A Newly-Identified Setting of George Herbert’s “Even-song” by John Jenkins’, George Herbert Journal, 36 (2012/13), 23-51.