Dr Ted Tregear

  • College positions:
    Research Fellow
  • Subjects: English


MA, English (University of Cambridge); MSt, English Literature 1550-1700 (University of Oxford); PhD (University of Cambridge)


Research interests

I specialise in English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from Thomas Wyatt to John Milton. My doctoral thesis was on Shakespeare, and set out to explore how his poems and plays engaged with the culture of commonplacing in which they appeared. I am tentatively starting work on a new project on artistic labour, looking at how artists from Michelangelo to Milton thought of the work they did, and how that work is remembered or forgotten in their artworks. Other topics of research include early modern poetics and literary criticism, classical reception, and political theory. Meanwhile, beyond the Renaissance, I am interested in German philosophy, from Immanuel Kant to Theodor Adorno; Marxist social, economic, and aesthetic theory; and classical music, from the sixteenth century to the present day.


Teaching interests

Most of my teaching over the past three years has focused on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and practical criticism, for Parts I and II; but I have also supervised students for the Tragedy and Lyric papers, as well as giving classes on literary theory, continental philosophy, and the visual arts.


Awards and prizes

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship for doctoral research (2015-18); Honorary Vice Chancellor’s Award (2015-18); Hertford Studentship for the Humanities (2014-15); Mrs Claude Beddington Prize and Austin Dobson Prize, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge (2014); Betha Wolferston Rylands Prize and Margot Heinemann Prize, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge (2013).



‘Marvels and Commonplaces in the Elizabethan Anthologies’, forthcoming in Classical Receptions Journal (2020).

‘Music at the Close: Richard II in the Elizabethan Anthologies’, forthcoming in Studies in Philology, 116.4 (2019), 696-727.

‘Mourning Thomas Kyd’s Lost Works’, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 58.2 (2018), 307-330.



‘End of the Line’, review of The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, ed. Jeremy Noel Tod, forthcoming in Cambridge Quarterly.

‘Opaque Origins’, review of Christopher Pye, The Storm at Sea: Political Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare, Cambridge Quarterly 47.1 (2018), 90-98.