James Ee, Trinity

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Tilmouth
Dissertation Title: Early Modern Consolations from More to Milton

Biographical Information

I read English as an undergraduate at Emmanuel College, where I took a double starred first and the Betha Wolferstan Rylands Prize for the best performance in Part I of the Tripos. I then completed the MPhil in English Studies at Trinity College under a Dunlevie King's Hall Studentship, ranking first in my cohort; for my performance in the Renaissance strand of the MPhil, which included a dissertation on Thomas Browne's medical rhetoric, I received the Jeremy Maule Memorial Award.

My doctoral studies are generously funded by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and my college, and I also hold an honorary Cambridge International Scholarship from the Cambridge Trust.

Research Interests

My research examines the genres and contexts of literary consolation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Within this broad scope I am concerned with late medieval and early modern religion (especially the Reformation and its literary implications), moral philosophy and theories of the passions, classical and patristic reception, rhetoric, and translation. Particular writers of interest include Thomas More, Robert Southwell, Mary Sidney, John Donne, George Herbert, Robert Burton, and John Milton.

Having worked on early modern scepticism and artificial languages, I maintain a wider interest in seventeenth-century philosophy and intellectual history, and especially the works of Francis Bacon, Thomas Browne, and the early Royal Society.