Dr Chris Stamatakis

Email: c.stamatakis@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 7343
Internal phone: 37343
Office: Foster Court 129(A)


Education and Experience 

Chris Stamatakis received a B.A. in 2004, an M.St. the following year (English Literature, 1550-1780), and in 2008 was awarded a D.Phil. ('Sir Thomas Wyatt and Early Tudor Literary Practice'), all from Lincoln College, Oxford. From 2009 to 2011, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Lincoln College and was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project entitled 'Denizened Wit: Tudor Reinventions of Italian Verse'. During this time, he also carried out research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, as a visiting fellow, before joining the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL as a Teaching Fellow in 2011 and as a Lecturer in 2013.

Research Interests

Chris's principal research interests lie in early modern and late medieval literature in English, especially with an eye to the classical and continental influences on this writing as well as its material transmission and reception. Chris's first book, Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: Turning the Word, brought these concerns together by examining the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt, both in terms of its departures from his continental sources, and also its material afterlife, as it was circulated, copied, modified, and answered or parodied.

Developing this work on the literary, cultural, and intellectual contexts which shaped and defined sixteenth-century poetry, Chris is currently working on a book that examines the influence of Italian literature on English vernacular poetics and poetic theory in the sixteenth century, especially in the writings of the 'heirs of Petrarch' who emerged in the middle decades of the century.

In other projects, he continues to work on the relation between poetry and rhetoric; ideas of textual memory in the early modern period; the transmission of manuscript verse in court circles; and the gathering of 'scattered rhymes' in print miscellanies. 

As part of his ongoing interest in the 'history of the book', editing, and textual scholarship, he is also completing a digital edition of Sir Thomas Wyatt's poems which allows users to juxtapose and compare variant manuscript versions of a single poem, and so restore some of the complexity of this verse that often gets erased by modern editions. Editions


Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: 'Turning the Word' (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).



Articles and Chapters in Books

'Image to text: a possible visual source for Sir Thomas Wyatt's verse epistles', Emblematica, vol. 21 (forthcoming, Autumn 2014): 47-65.

'"With diligent studie, but sportingly": How Gabriel Harvey read his Castiglione', Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 5 (2013, forthcoming).

'The Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt'The Literary Encyclopedia (March 2012).

'Tutoring the Bard: A double spirit of teaching and of learning instantly', Illuminatio (Spring, 2012), 4-5.

'"Wyndy wordes": speech, manuscript, and print in the writings of Wyatt and Surrey', in C. Bates, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, forthcoming (2014).

Journal of the Northern RenaissanceEmblematica


Review of Adamson, Alexander, and Ettenhuber, eds., Renaissance Figures of Speech (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Notes & Queries, 257.2 (June, 2012): 259-61.

Review of Brigden, Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest (London: Faber and Faber, 2012),  Journal of British Studies, 52.3, forthcoming (Summer 2013). 

Chris has also reviewed for The Journal of the Northern Renaissance and Fons Luminis.

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