UCL English


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 relationship between poetry and rhetoric; ideas of textual memory in the early modern period; the transmission of manuscript verse in court circles; the gathering of 'scattered rhymes' (especially sonnets) in print miscellanies; literary profit and rhetorical inflation. 

As part of his ongoing interest in the History of the Book, editing, and textual scholarship, Chris is currently editing Thomas Nashe's wonderfully bizarre pseudo-sermon Christs Teares over Jerusalem (1593) for the Oxford Nashe Complete Works project (OUP, forthcoming). Editions


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


Stamatakis, ed., Thomas Nashe, Christs Teares over Jerusalem (1593), Oxford Nashe Complete Works (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2020).

Edited Collections

Chris Stamatakis and Enza de Francisci, eds., Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present (London: Routledge, 2017).

Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present

Articles and Chapters in Books

‘The Sonnet’, in The Oxford History of Poetry in English, vol. IV, Sixteenth-Century British Poetry, ed. by Patrick Cheney and Catherine Bates (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).

‘“Small parcelles”: Unsequenced sonnets in the sixteenth century’, in The English Sonnet, ed. by R. Vuillemin (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2019).

‘Petrarch in parts: Scattered rhymes in sixteenth-century English books’, in Translating Petrarch’s Poetry: L’Aura del Petrarca from the Quattrocento to the 21st Century, ed. by C. Birkan-Berz (Oxford: Legenda, 2019).

‘“Ingenious studies”: Educational Travel to Padua’, in Shakespeare and Padova, ed. by A. Petrina (Publisher t.b.c., 2019).

‘Wyatt and Surrey: Songs and Sonnets’, in A Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. by C. Bates (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), pp. 262–75.

‘“The restful place”: Criticism in early Tudor poetry’, in The Places of Early Modern Criticism, ed. by Gavin Alexander, Emma Gilby, and Alexander Marr (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

‘Introduction’, Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present, ed. by Chris Stamatakis and Enza de Francisci (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 1–23.

Stamatakis, and Giulia Harding, ‘Shakespeare, Florio, and Love’s Labour’s Lost’, Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present, ed. by Chris Stamatakis and Enza de Francisci (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 27–39.

'Image to text: a possible visual source for Sir Thomas Wyatt's verse epistles', Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Jouranal for Emblem Studies, vol. 21 (Autumn 2014): 77–95.

‘“With diligent studie, but sportingly”: How Gabriel Harvey read his Castiglione’, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, vol. 5 (2013): http://www.northernrenaissance.org/with-diligent-studie-but-sportingly-how-gabriel-harvey-read-his-castiglione/

'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.


Journal of the Northern Renaissance


Oxford University Press Publications Online

‘Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey’, in Andrew Hadfield, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (October 2017): http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/british-and-irish-literature DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199846719-0132.

‘Early Tudor Literary Criticism?’, in C. Burrow, ed., Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press, June 2016): http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199935338-e-146 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.013.146.

‘Thomas Wyatt’, in Andrew Hadfield, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (March 2016): http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/british-and-irish-literature DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199846719-0041.



Review of Whittington, Renaissance Suppliants: Poetry, Antiquity, Reconciliation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), The Review of English Studies, 68. 286 (2017): 804–6, DOI: 10.1093/res/hgx027.

Review of Lynn, Rhetoric and Composition: An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Notes & Queries, 63.3 (2016): 471–2, DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjw160

Review of Zarnowiecki, Fair Copies: Reproducing the English Lyric from Tottel to Shakespeare (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, SHARP News (2016).

Review of Rossiter, Wyatt Abroad (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015), Renaissance Quarterly, 69.1 (March 2016): 393–4, DOI: 10.1086/686447.

Review of Adamson, Alexander, & Ettenhuber, eds., Renaissance Figures of Speech (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Notes & Queries, 257.2 (June, 2012): 259–61, DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjs057.

Review of Brigden, Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest (London: Faber and Faber, 2012), Journal of British Studies, 52.3 (July 2013): 749–50, DOI: 10.1017/jbr.2013.66.

Chris has also peer-reviewed for The Journal of the Northern Renaissance, The Antiquaries Journal, and Fons Luminis. I have also peer-reviewed a special issue of Multicultural Shakespeare (‘Synchronic and Diachronic Voices in European Shakespeare Translation’), and a special issue of European Judaism (‘Shakespeare and the Jews’).

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