Dr Sarah Knight
B.A. (Oxford), M.A. (Warburg Institute, London), Ph.D. (Yale)
Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature
T: +44 (0)116 252 2631
Sarah Knight's academic background is in Classics and English. Her main research and teaching interests are in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English and Latin literature, particularly works written at or about early modern institutions of learning (schools, universities, Inns of Court). Her current work focuses on Renaissance students and representations of adolescence, poetic and rhetorical pedagogies, and academic drama and disputation in England, France and Italy. Questions of why and how classical texts and ideas informed, animated and complicated Renaissance literature are central to her research.
Dr Knight is the editor and translator of several Latin works, including Leon Battista Alberti's prose satire Momus (1440s) for the I Tatti Renaissance Library and the accounts of Elizabeth I's visits to the University of Oxford (1566 and 1592) for the new critical edition of John Nichols's Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press). She is working on an edition and translation from Latin (John Milton's Prolusions), two editions of English drama (Fulke Greville's plays; the student play The New Moone performed at the Venerable English College, Rome), and two edited books, The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (with Stefan Tilg) and The Brill Companion to Ramism (with Emma Annette Wilson).
Dr Knight is President of the Society for Neo-Latin Studies: she recently co-organised the conference 'Theatrum Mundi: Latin Drama in Renaissance Europe' (12-14 September, Magdalen College, Oxford) under the joint auspices of the SNLS and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Oxford. She continues to oversee the online publication of a teaching anthology of neo-Latin texts. She is a member of the International Association of Neo-Latin Studies, a founder member and Steering Committee member of the East Midlands Early Modern Colloquium, and co-founded the 'Studies in Youth' network with Dr Sarah Graham (Leicester). She sits on the Board of Advisors for the journal Renaissance Studies and the OCR English Consultative Forum, and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and of the British Academy Humanities and Social Sciences Learned Societies and Subject Associations Network.
Dr Knight and Dr Mary Ann Lund are the two School of English press contacts for the University's 'Search for Richard' project. This work has resulted in a jointly authored article, 'Richard Crookback', for the Times Literary Supplement, and in several conference presentations, public talks, and schools visits. For several years Dr Knight and Dr Lund have organised a rhetoric and performance workshop on Shakespeare's Richard III, held at Bosworth Heritage Site and aimed at first-year Renaissance Drama students, in collaboration with two local theatre companies (1623 and Lostboys Productions). For details of a competition Dr Knight and Dr Lund have organised for local Leicestershire schools and colleges, to create their own interpretations of Shakespeare's 'Now is the winter of our discontent' soliloquy at the start of Richard III, please click here.
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Dr Knight welcomes applications and enquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, especially:
- drama and poetry
- comparative literature (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin)
- educational institutions: schools, universities and Inns of Court
- translation and adaptation
- the reception of classical texts and ideas
Dr Knight has supervised several MA and PhD dissertations on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature.
The School of English seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2014 AHRC Doctoral Research Training awards scheme. Details of the scheme, and how to apply, can be found here.
Teaching and Administration
- EN1010 Reading English
- EN1050 (Convenor) Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
- EN2020 Renaissance Literature
- EN3148 Classical and post-classical Latin
- EN3151 (Convenor) Classical Worlds: Translation and Reception
- EN3194 (Convenor) Tragedy
MA: Dr. Knight teaches on the MA in the Country House and MA in English Studies.
Administration: Dr Knight is Director of Teaching for the School of English and a member of the School Management Group. In 2014 she will take up a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
'How the Young Man Should Study Latin Poetry', in Neo-Latin Literature, ed. by Victoria Moul (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014).
(Co-written with Mary Ann Lund), 'Richard Crookback', Times Literary Supplement (February 8, 2013), pp. 14-15.
John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources. General Editors: Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Clarke, Elizabeth Goldring; Associate General Editors: Faith Eales, Gabriel Heaton, Sarah Knight (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014). 5 volumes. ISBN 9780199205066.
'"Et spes et ratio studiorum in Caesare tantum": Robert Burton and Patronage', in Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia XXXII (The Neo-Latin Drama), ed. by Philip Ford and Andrew Taylor (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2013), pp. 175-188. ISBN 9789058679260.
'Milton and the Idea of the University', in Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642, ed. by Edward Jones (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 135-156. ISBN 9780199698707.
'Juvenes Ornatissimi: The Student Writing of George Herbert and John Milton', in Neo-Latin Poetry in the British Isles, ed. by Luke Houghton and Gesine Manuwald (London: Bloomsbury Academic/Bristol Classical Press, 2012), pp. 51-68. ISBN 9781780930145.
'The Niniversity at the Bankside: Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay', in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama, ed. by Thomas Betteridge and Greg Walker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 355-370. ISBN 9780199566471.
'Milton's Forced Themes', Milton Quarterly 45 (3) (October 2011), pp. 145-160.
'Flat dichotomists and learned men: Ramism in Elizabethan drama and satire', in Ramus, Pedagogy and the Liberal Arts, ed. by Steven J. Reid and Emma Annette Wilson (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 47-68. ISBN 9780754667940.
The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, edited by Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Golding and Sarah Knight (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011; paperback edition 2013). ISBN 9780719082368.
'Royal Milton', Times Literary Supplement (February 5, 2010), p. 15.
The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I, ed. by Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) (Long-listed for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History). ISBN 9780199291571.
Leon Battista Alberti, Momus, trans. and co-ed. (I Tatti Renaissance Library No. 8) (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003). ISBN 0674007549.