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Colin Burrow, Early Modern

Colin Burrow, MA, D.Phil. is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is an expert in the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with research interests in relationships between English and classical literatures, the theory and practice of imitation, the theory and practice of editing, education, non-dramatic verse, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and in early sixteenth century literature. His books include Epic Romance: Homer to Milton (OUP, 1993), Edmund Spenser (1996), an edition of The Complete Sonnets and Poems for the Oxford Shakespeare (OUP, 2002), and an anthology of Metaphysical Poetry (2006). He reviews regularly for The London Review of Books on early modern topics and also on contemporary fiction, and has contributed to eight Cambridge Companions, on topics ranging from Virgil to Dryden.

Dr Burrow has served on the Advisory Board of the English Subject Centre, is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, as well as of the advisory boards of a number of organisations, including the MHRA New Tudor Translations Series, Textus (the journal of the Italian Society for the Study of English), and the Scriptorium manuscript digitization project at Cambridge. He was Associate Editor for literary authors born in the early sixteenth century for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, for which he wrote a number of lives, including that of Sir Thomas Wyatt, and is an advisor to the Oxford English Dictionary for Elizabethan English. His new and forthcoming projects include an edition of the poems for the Cambridge Edition of Ben Jonson, the Elizabethan volume for the Oxford English Literary History, a multi-author collection on Manuscripts and Miscellaneity, 1450-1700, a Shakespeare Topics volume on Shakespeare and Antiquity, and a book on the theory and practice of imitation through the ages.’