Adam Dumbleton, Trinity

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Dr Gavin Alexander
Dissertation Title:

The Translation and Reception of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy in Renaissance Literary Culture

Biographical Information

I read for my BA and MSt at New College, Oxford between 2015 and 2019. I began my PhD here at Cambridge in 2020, funded by a Judith E. Wilson Studentship from the Faculty of English.

I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in English at St Anne's College, Oxford.

I can be contacted at

Research Interests

My PhD research examines Renaissance translations of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy. Within this topic, I think primarily about attitudes towards verse translation; the relationship of English translations to the international book trade (i.e. European editions and commentaries) and international humanist scholarship; broader currents in consolation literature and the history of moral philosophy and ethics; and the continuities and discontinuities with modes of interpretation applied to the text in the Medieval period. I also think about the various identities the Consolation holds in different times and places -- as 'poem', as philosophical tract, as personal meditiation -- and the value of individualist, personally-motivated translations set against the wider backdrop of a text's 'public' life.

Outside of the PhD, my interests include poetics and versification; revision; classical reception; intellectual history; information management, commentary, and encyclopaedism; humanist epistolary culture; and Renaissance visual arts.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

'Antiquarianism, Philology, and Translatio Studii in the Epistolary Translations of Sir John Hobart and Nicholas Bacon', The Seventeenth Century Vol. 38 No. 4 (2023), 649-673