Dr Sean Geddes


My research centres on the literature and culture of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. My doctoral work explored vernacular fame and classical fama in Shakespeare, a thematic coupling that reflects a more general interest in the reception of Classical Latin literature and the practice and theory of Renaissance imitation. My current project, Forms of Continuance, is a study of the aevum — the time-order of perpetual things — and of the nature of metaphysical poetry in early modern England, and it’s about how poets, including George Herbert, John Donne, William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson imagined poetic form to fathom a conceptually unruly, more real metaphysical dimension of time. This project is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.