UCL English


Dr Chris Stamatakis

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

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Education and Experience 

Chris Stamatakis received a BA in 2004, an MSt the following year (English Literature, 1550-1780), and in 2008 was awarded a DPhil ('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, becoming Lecturer in 2013 and Associate Professor in 2019.

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, and its material transmission and reception. All his research examines, in one form or another, what might be called processes of literary creativity, especially as that activity was understood in the early modern period – in terms of imitatio; in terms of borrowing, reuse, and coinage; in terms of intertextual memory that poets constrain into form; and in terms of literature as an intermedial art drawing actively and inventively on other disciplines (painting, architecture, geometry). Chris would welcome enquiries from potential PhD applicants or early career fellows interested in these areas.

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 its creative departures from his continental sources and in its material afterlife, as it was circulated, copied, modified, and answered or parodied. Developing this work on Tudor poetry, much of his current research addresses the influence of Italian literature on English vernacular poetics and poetic theory in the sixteenth century, and recent publications have traced the evolving history of the English sonnet, in its variously post-Petrarchan, scattered, and fragmented forms.

In other projects, he continues to work on the relationship between poetry and rhetoric, and between poetry and poetics; on ideas of textual and intertextual memory in the early modern period; on the transmission of manuscript verse; on the gathering of 'scattered rhymes' (especially sonnets) in print miscellanies; and on 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, 2024).

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

'Sidney and Visual Culture', in The Oxford Handbook of Philip Sidney, ed. by Catherine Bates (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023), Ch. 40.

'Wyatt's punctuation: "Two contraries in one point"', in Punctuation in Modern English Literature, 3 vols., ed. by Jeffrey Gutierrez and John Lennard (forthcoming, 2023).

'Nashe's Style', in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe, ed. K. De Rycker, A. Hadfield, and J. Richards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).

‘“Ingenious studies”: Educational Travel to Padua’, in Shakespeare and Padova, ed. by A. Petrina, Cahiers Élisabéthains (forthcoming 2023).

'A National Language', in The Routledge Companion to Renaissance Literature, ed. by Catherine Bates (forthcoming, 2023).

‘The Mercantile City’, in The Idea of the City in British Literature, ed. by Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2023).

‘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, 2022), pp. 211-28. DOI

'"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, 2021), pp. 22–37. DOI

'Afterword: Bending the Rules', in Artes Poeticae: Formations and Transformations, 15001650, ed. by Vladimir Brljak and Micha Lazarus, Classical Receptions Journal, 13.1 (2021): 149–57. DOI

‘“Small parcelles”: Unsequenced sonnets in the sixteenth century’, in The English Modern English Sonnet: Ever in motion, ed. by R. Vuillemin, L. Sansonetti, and E. Zanin (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), pp. 95113. DOI

‘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, 2020), pp. 1330. DOI

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

‘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.

‘Early Tudor Literary Criticism?’, in C. Burrow, ed., Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press, June 2016). DOI

'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) [link to article]

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


Journal of the Northern Renaissance

Oxford Bibliographies Online

‘Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey’, in Andrew Hadfield, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (October 2017): DOI

‘Thomas Wyatt’, in Andrew Hadfield, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (March 2016): DOI


Review of Das, Melo, Smith, and Working, eds., Keywords of Identity, Race, and Human Mobility in Early Modern England (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021), Journal of Early Modern History 26 (2022): 280-2.

Review of Murphy, The Long Public Life of a Short Private Poem: Reading and Remembering Thomas Wyatt (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019), Renaissance Quarterly 74.1 (2021): 351-3.

Review of Sobecki and Scattergood, eds., A Critical Companion to John Skelton (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2018), Speculum, 95.3 (2020): 906–8.

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 Powell, ed., The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, Vol. I, Prose (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Journal of the Northern Renaissance.

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 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.

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.

Chris has also reviewed monographs and editions for The Review of English Studies, Notes & Queries, Renaissance Quarterly, The Journal of British Studies, Speculum, and The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.

In addition, he is a reader for OUP, Arden Shakespeare, Brill, ELH, The Review of English Studies, and Renaissance Studies, and has peer-reviewed for The Journal of the Northern Renaissance, The Antiquaries Journal, Fons Luminis, and Milli mála (Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, Iceland), and for special issues of Multicultural Shakespeare (‘Synchronic and Diachronic Voices in European Shakespeare Translation’) and European Judaism (‘Shakespeare and the Jews’).