Director, Cambridge Centre for Material Texts
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I studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge, and went on to become a graduate student and a Research Fellow there. From 1998-2004 I was a lecturer at the University of York, where I set up the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; in 2004, I was appointed to a lectureship at Cambridge and a Fellowship of Gonville and Caius College. I did my PhD under the supervision of Warren Boutcher on books as gifts at the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts; this formed the basis of my first book. Since then, I have written numerous studies of early modern literature in circulation, as well as broader accounts of the relationship between writing and cultural history; for the latter, see my second book, Early Modern English Literature (2005). I am currently Director of the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts, an initiative aimed at bringing people from across the University together to talk about the challenges presented by the embodiedness and embeddedness of the sources they study. I am also working on a new book about Shakespeare's first documented reader.