Dr Christopher Burlinson

Fellow, Admissions Tutor, College Associate Professor, Director of Studies in English (Part I), Vivian Cox Fellow in English
Specialising in
16th and 17th century literature

Christopher Burlinson is a College Associate Professor in English. His research focuses mainly on 16th and 17th century literature.

Academic interests

One of Christopher's current projects looks into poetry and university life during this period: how students used poetry to learn how to write well, and how their poems were copied, shared, translated, and collected by their peers.

He is particularly interested in Richard Corbett, Bishop of Oxford and Norwich in the 1620s and 1630s, and is completing an edition of Corbett's poems that will show how they formed part of a social network of seventeenth-century readers and writers at Oxford University.

Christopher has also published books and articles on writers such as Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, Thomas More, and on subjects including hands and handwriting, diplomatic letters, and patronage.

He is also interested in connections between literature and theology, from the 16th century to the present day.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Cantab.
  • MPhil, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.


Christopher has been a Fellow at Jesus College since 2008. He is the Director of Studies for first and second year students in English, and teaches papers on English literature between 1500 and 1700, Shakespeare, Tragedy, and Practical Criticism.

Other interests

Cinema, the countryside, old buildings, and learning languages.

Publications, links and resources

  • Burlinson, C. (2016) John Stubbs's Left-Handed Letters. In: Cultures of Correspondence, J. Daybell and A. Gordon, eds.
  • Burlinson, C. (2016) Maecenas and Oxford-Witts. In: Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie, H. Hackett, ed.
  • Burlinson, C. and Zurcher, A. eds (2014) Ralph Knevet’s 'A Supplement of the Faery Queene', Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Burlinson, C. Manuscript and Print, 1500-1700. In: Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature.
  • Burlinson, C. (2013) Richard Corbett and William Strode: Chaplaincy and Verse in Early Seventeenth-Century Oxford. In: H. Adlington, T. Lockwood, and G. Wright, eds, The Cultural Agency of Early Modern Chaplains, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Burlinson, C. with Connolly, R. eds (2012), Editing Stuart Poetry, a special edition of Studies in English Literature.
  • Burlinson, C. (2012) Accumulation and Response: Textual Editors and Richard Corbett’s “Oxford Ballad”, Studies in English Literature, 52, pp 35-50.
  • Burlinson, C. and Zurcher, A. (2011) Spenser’s Secretarial Career. In: R. McCabe, ed, The Oxford Handbook of Spenser Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 65-85.
  • Burlinson, C. (2010) The Use and Re-Use of Early Seventeenth-Century Student Notebooks: Inside and Outside the University. In: J. Daybell and P. Hinds, eds, Material Readings of Early Modern Culture, 1580-1700, London: Macmillan, pp 229-45.
  • Burlinson, C. (2010) Spenser’s “Legend of Constancie”: Book VII and the Ethical Reader. In: J. Grogan, ed, Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp 201-19.
  • Burlinson, C. (2010) Money and Consumerism. In: J. Sanders, ed, Ben Jonson in Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 281-88.
  • Burlinson, C. and Zurcher, A. (2008) Edmund Spenser: Selected Letters and Other Papers, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Burlinson, C. and Wakelin, D. (2008) Evidence for the Construction of Quires from a Fifteenth-Century English Manuscript, The Library, 7th series, 9, pp 383-96.
  • Burlinson, C. (2006) Allegory, Space and the Material World in the Writings of Edmund Spenser. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer.
  • Burlinson, C. and Zurcher, A. (2005) “Secretary to the Lord Deputie here”: Edmund Spenser’s Irish Papers, The Library, 7th series, 6, pp 30-75.

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