Dr Sophie Read, Christ's




Biographical Information

Sophie Read is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, 1640-1730. She was born in Oxford and educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where she also did her graduate work; she has been a fellow of Christ's since 2006.

Research Interests

Seventeenth-century devotional poetry & sermons; renaissance rhetoric (particularly wordplay), poetics & cognitive linguistics; literary representations of the senses, particularly smell; contemporary (Cambridge-school) poetry.

Selected Publications

  • 'Pastoral: "Language-Landscape Linkage" in Michael Haslam's Verse', in Forms of Late Modernist Lyric, ed. Edward Allen (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021), pp. 55-78.
  • 'Dryden's Debts: Criticism, Commerce and the Value of Wit', in The Places of Early Modern Criticism, eds Gavin Alexander, Emma Gilby and Andrew Marr (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), pp. 219-31.
  • '"Floating Paper Worlds": Ian Patterson's Time Dust', in a small thing on the air: for & after Ian Patterson, ed. Josh Robinson (Privately Printed, 2020), pp. 134-52
  • ‘Moving Words: Enargeia in Early Modern Devotions’, Cambridge Quarterly, 49 (2020), 33-54
  • ‘What the Nose Knew: George Herbert’s “Speaking Sweet” and Renaissance Theologies of Smell’, in Knowing Faith: Literature, Belief and Knowledge in Early Modern England, ed. Subha Mukherji et al (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 175-94
  • Eucharist and the Poetic Imagination in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • ‘Shakespeare and the Arts of Cognition’, in The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare’s Poetry, ed. Jonathan F. S. Post (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 62-77
  • ‘Ambergris and Early Modern Rhetorics of Scent’, The Seventeenth Century, 28 (June 2013), 221-37
  • ‘Rhetoric and Rethinking in Bentley’s Paradise Lost’, Cambridge Quarterly, 41 (2012), 209-28
  • ‘Punning and Identity in Swift’, Swift Studies, 26 (2011), 38-60
  • ‘Acts of Articulation: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Allusion’, Kenyon Review online special issue, December 2009 (https://kenyonreview.org/kr-online-issue/index-2/selections/veronica-forrest-thomsons-acts-of-articulation/)  
  • ‘Lancelot Andrewes’s Sacramental Wordplay’, Cambridge Quarterly, 36 (2007), 1-21