Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Email: simon dot j dot jackson at warwick dot ac dot uk
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University of Warwick
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Dr Simon Jackson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
My research centres on the relationship between poetry and music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My doctoral research examined the literary and musical activities of the poet-priest George Herbert and his extended family; my thesis was awarded the first triennial George Herbert Society Chauncey Wood Dissertation Award (2011-2013). My article on 'The Visual Music of the Masque, and George Herbert's "The Temple",' was recently awarded the award for the best work published in English Literary Renaissance in 2015.
I am currently working on a project titled the Musical Publications of the Seventeenth-Century Lyric, exploring the variety of ways musicians ‘published’ and helped to disseminate lyric poetry in the period through manuscript circulation, printed collections and in practical musical performance. I also work on the early modern poet-composers Thomas Campion and Thomas Whythorne; early modern psalmody; a project to reconstruct the library of the philosopher, poet and composer Edward, first Lord Herbert of Cherbury; and the literary interests of the composer Benjamin Britten.
In addition to my academic work, I also hold the post of Organist and Director of Music at Little St Mary’s, Cambridge, sometime church of the metaphysical poet and priest Richard Crashaw.
Teaching and supervision
EN101: The Epic Tradition
- Clarke, Elizabeth and Simon Jackson, 'Lyric Poetry' in Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017), pp.151-65.
- 'Putting Things in Perspective: George Herbert's "Sinne" (II)', in Choice Observations on George Herbert, ed. by Sidney Gottlieb and Chauncey Wood, a special edition of the George Herbert Journal, vol.38 (2014/2015), 120-34.
- ‘The Visual Music of the Masque, and George Herbert's The Temple’, in English Literary Renaissance, 45.3 (Autumn, 2015), 377-99.
- '"Double Motion": Herbert and Seventeenth-Century Polyphonic Practice', in Locating George Herbert: Family, Place, Traditions, ed. by Sidney Gottlieb and Christopher Hodgkins, a special edition of the George Herbert Journal, vol.37 (2013/2014), 146-61.
- ‘A Newly-Identified Setting of Herbert's “Even-song” by John Jenkins,’ with a transcription by Gordon J. Callon, in George Herbert Journal, vol.36 (2012/2013), 23-51.
- ‘“Lord, how can man preach thy eternall word?”: Preaching and the Metaphysical Lyric’, in Preaching and the Theological Imagination, ed. by Zachary Guiliano and Cameron Partridge, Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology vol. 9 (New York & Berlin: Peter Lang, 2015), pp.151-66.
- His Sweet Art: Choral Settings of the Metaphysical Poets and their Contemporaries, The Choir of Little St Mary's, Sarah MacDonald (Organ), directed by Simon Jackson (CD recording, 2014).
- BA (Cambridge)
- MPhil (Cambridge)
- PhD (Cambridge)
EN101 The Epic Tradition