Catherine Bates is Research Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. She works on English literature and culture of the sixteenth century, with particular emphasis on poetry, poetics, and courtly forms, including lyric, epic, and romance. She has held a Solmsen Research Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014/15), and a Mellon Fellowship at the Huntington Library, California (2017/18), as well as Visiting Research Fellowships at Churchill College, Cambridge (2015/16), the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto (2016/17), and the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London (2018/19). From June to August 2019 she has a Short Term Visiting Research Fellowship at the Senate House Library, University of London.
Catherine has authored five monographs and is currently working on a book on poetry and usury in Shakespeare's sonnets. For a full list of publications, see below.
She welcomes applications from PhD students interested in working on any aspect of sixteenth-century British literature.
- On Not Defending Poetry: Defence and Indefensibility in Sidney’s Defence of Poesy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Pp.xviii + 299
(reviewed in TLS, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Review of English Studies etc.)
- Masculinity and the Hunt: Wyatt to Spenser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback 2016). Pp.viii + 347.
Winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 2015
(reviewed in Review of English Studies, TLS, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, etc.)
- Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2010). Pp.viii + 263
(reviewed in Notes & Queries, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Studies in English Literature 1500-1800, etc.)
- Play in a Godless World: The Theory and Practice of Play in Shakespeare, Nietzsche and Freud (London: Open Gate Press, 1999). Pp.vii + 256.
(reviewed in Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Notes & Queries, Shakespeare Survey, TLS, etc.).
- The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, re-issued 1995; paperback 2006). Pp.xi + 236.
(reviewed in Journal of British Studies, Notes & Queries, Renaissance Quarterly, Review of English Studies, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Sidney Newsletter, TLS, etc.).
- Sir Philip Sidney: Selected Poems (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994). Pp.xxiv + 219.
- The Oxford History of Poetry in English, volume 4: Sixteenth-Century British Poetry, co-edited with Patrick Cheney (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 33 essays, 287,000 words, in progress.
- A Companion to Renaissance Poetry (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2018). Pp.xx + 656.
- The Cambridge Companion to The Epic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Pp.xiv + 279.
ARTICLES in edited volumes
- "Shakespeare, Literary History, and Psychoanalysis', in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Psychoanalysis, ed. Vera Camden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 6,000 words, commissioned.
- “Philip Sidney”, in The Oxford History of Poetry in English, volume 4: Sixteenth-Century British Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Catherine Bates (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 9,000 words, submitted.
- “Abject Authorship: A Portrait of the Artist in Ovid and his Renaissance Imitators”, in Ovid and Masculinity in the Renaissance, ed. John S. Garrison and Goran Stanivukovic (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press), 7,500 words, submitted.
- “Sexuality”, in John Donne in Context, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp.177-84.
- “'Shakespeare and the Female Voice in Soliloquy”, in Shakespeare and the Soliloquy in Early Modern English Drama, ed. Tony Cousins and Daniel Derrin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp.56-67, 232-34.
- “The English sonnet: cycles and recycling” in Growing Power: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1557-1623, ed. Lauren Shohet and Kristen Poole, vol. 1 of Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 3 vols., gen. ed. Stephen B. Dobranski, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp.19-32.
- “Synecdochic Structures in the Sonnet Sequences of Sidney and Spenser”, in A Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2018), pp.276-88.
- “Pamela’s Purse: The Price of Romance in Sidney’s Arcadia”, in Timely Voices: Romance Writing in English Literature, ed. Goran Stanivukovic (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2017), pp.281-98.
- “Gender”, in A Handbook of English Renaissance Studies, ed, John Lee (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2017), pp.15-28.
- “‘Profit and pleasure’: the real economy of Tottel’s Songs and Sonnets”, in Tottel's Miscellany and Its Early Modern Contexts, ed. Stephen Hamrick (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp.35-62.
- “Wit”, in The New Princeton Encyclopaedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Stephen Cushman, Roland Greene, et al (Princeton: Princeton University Press, new edition, 2012), pp.1539-40.
- “The Poems”, in The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare, ed. Arthur F. Kinney, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback 2013), pp.334-51.
- “Desire, discontent, parody: the love sonnet in early modern England”, in The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet, ed. A. D. Cousins and Peter Howarth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp.105-24
- “The Faerie Queene: Britain’s national monument”, in The Cambridge Companion to The Epic, ed. Catherine Bates (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp.133-45.
- “The Enigma of A Lover’s Complaint”, in The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, ed. Michael C. Schoenfeldt (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp.426-40.
- “Wyatt, Surrey, and the Henrician court”, in Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical Companion, ed. Patrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield, and Garrett Sullivan Jr. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.38-47.
- “Shakespeare’s Tragedies of Love” in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy, ed. Claire McEachern (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; revised ed., 2013), pp.195-217.
- “Literature and the Court”, in The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, ed. David Loewenstein and Janel Mueller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; paperback 2006), pp.343-73.
- “Love and Courtship”, in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy, ed. Alexander Leggatt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp.102-22.
- Introduction to Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good (London: Vintage, 2000), pp.vii-xvi.
- “Poetry, Patronage, and the Court”, in The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500-1600, ed. Arthur Kinney (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp.90-103.
ARTICLES in refereed journals
- “Obtaining Grace: Poetic Language and the Language of Reform in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella”, 9,000 words, accepted for publication in a special issue of Reformation 25 (2020).
- “George Turberville and the painful art of falconry”, English Literary Renaissance, 41.3 (2011): 403-28.
- “Astrophil and the manic wit of the abject male”, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 41.1 (2001): 1-24.
- “The Point of Puns”, Modern Philology, 96.4 (1999): 421-38.
- “Castrating The Castration Complex”, Textual Practice 12.1 (1998): 101-119.
- “No Sin But Irony: Kierkegaard and Milton’s Satan”, Literature and Theology 11.1 (1997): 1-26.
- “Weaving and Writing in Othello”, Shakespeare Survey 46 (1993): 51-60.
- “‘A mild admonisher’: Sir Thomas Wyatt and Sixteenth-Century Satire”, Huntington Library Quarterly 56.3 (1993): 243-58.
- “Much Ado About Nothing: The Contents of Jonson’s Forest”, Essays in Criticism 42.1 (1992): 24-35.
- “Pope’s Influence on Shakespeare?”, Shakespeare Quarterly 42.1 (1991): 57-59.
- “‘A large occasion of discourse’: John Lyly and the art of civil conversation”, Review of English Studies 42 (1991): 469-86, reproduced in the Ashgate University Wits series: John Lyly, ed. Ruth Lunney (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).
- “The Politics of Spenser’s Amoretti”, Criticism 33 (1991): 73-89.
- “‘Of Court it seemes’: a semantic analysis of courtship and to court”, Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 20 (1990): 21-57.
- “Images of Government in The Faerie Queene, Book II”, Notes and Queries 234 (1989): 314-15.
- Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), ed. Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis, reviewed for Spenser Review.
- “Recent Studies in the Renaissance”, [annual omnibus review] Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 59.1 (2019): 203-41.
- Colin McEleney, Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017), reviewed for Renaissance Quarterly 71.1 (2018).
- Danila Sokolov, Renaissance Texts, Medieval Subjectivities: Rethinking Petrarchan Desire from Wyatt to Shakespeare (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2017), reviewed for The Spenser Review 47.3.49 (2017).
- Jason Powell, ed., The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, vol. 1: Prose (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), reviewed for Renaissance Quarterly 70.2 (2017).
- Heather Dubrow, Deixis in the Early Modern English Lyric: Unsettling Spatial Anchors Like “Here,” “This,” “Come” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), reviewed for Renaissance Quarterly 70.2 (2017).
- Ian Moulton, Love in Print in the Sixteenth Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) reviewed for The Spenser Review 45.3.10 (2016)
- Christopher Marlow, Performing Masculinity in English University Drama, 1598-1636 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), reviewed for Renaissance Studies Journal 2015
- Julie Crawford, Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2014), reviewed for Renaissance Quarterly 68.3 (2015)
- Elizabeth Heale, ed., The Devonshire Manuscript: A Women's Book of Courtly Poetry (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012), reviewed in Modern Language Review, 110.3 (2015): 819-20.
- Mike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603, (Oxford University Press, 2009), reviewed for Notes and Queries 61 (2014):159-62.
- John Pollack, The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics (Gotham Press, 2011), reviewed in CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 42.3 (2013): 409-14.
- Joseph Campana, The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012), reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly, 65.4 (2012).
- Jane Kingsley-Smith, Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), reviewed in Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 249.2 (2012):359-61.
- Jennifer Richardson and Alison Thorne, eds., Rhetoric, Women and Politics in Early Modern England (London: Routledge, 2007); Jennifer Richards, Rhetoric (London: Routledge, 2008); and Christine Mason Sutherland, The Eloquence of Mary Astell (University of Calgary Press: Calgary, 2005), reviewed in Rhetorica 28:2 (2010).
- Jennifer C. Vaught, Masculinity and Emotion in Early Modern English Literature (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), reviewed in Notes and Queries ns 57 (2010): 131-33.
- Gillian Austen, George Gascoigne (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007), reviewed in Review of English Studies (2008).
- Hester Lees-Jeffries, England’s Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), reviewed in Review of English Studies (2008).
- Jennifer Panek, Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), reviewed in University of Toronto Quarterly 75 (2005-6): 247-48.
- Susan Doran and Thomas S. Freeman, eds., The Myth of Elizabeth (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003), reviewed in Notes and Queries ns 51 (2004): 194-96.
- John Watkins, Representing Elizabeth in Stuart England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), reviewed in Notes and Queries ns 50 (2003): 473-74.
- Brian Howell, The Dance of Geometry (London: The Toby Press, 2002), reviewed in Leviathan Quarterly 7 (2003): 32-35.
- A. B. Taylor, ed., Shakespeare’s Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Kenneth Borris, Allegory and Epic in English Renaissance Literature: Heroic Form in Sidney, Spenser, and Milton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), reviewed in Theatre Research International, 28 (2003).
- “Missing the men”, review of RSC production of Twelfth Night, TLS 8th June 2001.
- “Commodity’s slaves”, review of two productions of King John, TLS 13th April 2001.
- “Strife in the mind”, review of The Tempest at Almeida Theatre, TLS 12th January 2001, reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism 72 (2002).
- Helen Hackett, Women and Romance Fiction in the English Renaissance, reviewed in Renaissance Journal (2000).
- “The narrator loses his spin”, review of RSC production of Henry V, TLS 14th September 2000.
- “La Lupa”, review of Giovanni Verga’s La Lupa, TLS 21 July 2000.
- “Anger, Oh Yes!”, review of Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending, TLS 6th July 2000.
- “Life at arm’s length”, review of RSC production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, TLS 11th February 2000.
- “The soup, the fish and the gravy”, review of RSC production of Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters, TLS 7th January 2000.
- “Cleaning up Caliban”, omnibus Shakespeare review, TLS 19th November 1999.
- “Right-on Renaissance Woman”, review of Alison Findlay, A Feminist Perspective on Renaissance Drama, TLS 9th July 1999.
- Alexander Leggatt, English Stage Comedy, reviewed in Notes and Queries 244 (1999).
- Ilona Bell, Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship, reviewed in Notes and Queries 244 (1999).
- E. and K. Fullbrook, eds., Simone de Beauvoir, in brief review for TLS, 24 April 1998.
- Kelly Oliver, ed., The Portable Kristeva, in brief review for TLS, 20 February 1998.
- “How soon he is bewitched”, review of Viviana Comensoli, “Household Business”: Domestic plays of early modern England, TLS 28 January 1998.
- “Shut in a ladyes casket”, review of Thomas Lodge, Rosalind, ed. D. Beecher, and ed. Brian Nellist, TLS 24 October 1997.
- C. J. Summers and Larry Pebworth, eds., Renaissance Discourses of Desire, and J. G. Turner, ed., Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe, reviewed in Notes and Queries 239 (1994).
- A. D. Hall, Ceremony and Civility in English Renaissance Prose, reviewed in Review of English Studies (1992).
- “Putting the Serious into the Trivial”, review of G. Hammond, Fleeting Things: English Poets and Poetry, 1616-1600 in Essays in Criticism 41 (1991).
- E. Veevers, Images of Love and Religion, reviewed in Notes and Queries 236 (1991).
- P. Berry, Of Chastity and Power, reviewed in Notes and Queries 236 (1991).
- A. Young, Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments, reviewed in Notes and Queries 233 (1988).
- C. McIntosh, Common and Courtly Language, reviewed in Notes and Queries 232 (1987).
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